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Mathivathnan In IWA Board

Bhubaneswar: Internationally Acclaimed Administrator on Urban Development, G Mathivathanan has been taken in the Board of Advisors of the International Water Association (IWA).

Shri Mathivathnan is the longest serving Principal Secretary of the Department of Housing & Urban Development of Government of Odisha and has earned the reputation of an able administrator so far Urban Development is concerned.

IWA has announced the establishment of an Advisory Board and Task Force for its Inclusive Urban Sanitation initiative, to provide guidance, feedback and direction on the initiative’s priorities, activities and performance.

Shri Mathivathanan has been taken as an Advisor of the 11 Member Strong Advisory Board announced by the IWA.

Reacting for his inclusion as one of the advisors , Shri Mathivathanan said “ It’s Team Odisha…Team Urban . All credit goes to Chief Minister, Odisha.”

It’s worth mentioning that Mr Mathivathnan’s approach of a decentralized strategy with community partnership has become a central aspect of the Odisha Model of Urban Governance initiatives which have earned a number of National and International recognitions.

The other members are from Philippines, South Africa, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia , Switzerland , Philippines , Côte d’Ivoire , Thailand and Netherlands.

IWA’s Inclusive Urban Sanitation initiative aims to reshape the global agenda on urban sanitation over the coming years, especially in low- and middle-income countries. It forms part of IWA’s work to promote inclusive, resilient, water-wise and sanitation-secure cities.

The Advisory Board and Task Force consist of sanitation experts, regulators, strategic partners and members from various global regions in order to secure a balanced geographical representation and address a wide variety of sanitation challenges.

The Advisory Board is made up of 11 high-profile individuals who will act as advocates for inclusive urban sanitation and provide strategic support and guidance for the initiative. The board will focus on expanding the initiative’s outreach and engagement with the broader water and sanitation sector, and in particular with public sector agencies. It will also oversee the work of the task force.