About Ecosan Services Foundation (ESF)
Ecosan Services Foundation (ESF) is a section 8 non-profit organisation established in 2006 with the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and seecon international and in association with the Innovative Ecological Sanitation Network of India (IESNI). ESF envisions transforming itself into a sustainable key resource centre as a leading knowledge hub in sustainable sanitation and water management. The pursuit for this vision is evident in the objectives the organization has set for itself namely:
- Developing sustainable organizational structure and processes.
- Strengthening our position in capacity development through training, piloting and demonstration, awareness raising, R & D and coaching in new enterprises.
- Strengthen our networking platform with national and international experts in the sector.
- Open dissemination of knowledge through face-to face as well as IT enabled services for institutions and individuals.
- Quality Management and organizational learning to highlight best practices in the sector.
Thanks to a diverse repertoire of prestigious national and international projects, Ecosan Services Foundation has emerged as a huge knowledge resource in the field of ecological sanitation and water & wastewater management. Over the years, the company has been reputed with extensive experience of capacity development, stakeholder involvement, policy building, awareness raising, project implementation and consulting on issues related to water management and sustainable sanitation. With the concept of sustainability so firmly etched in its working system, ESF integrates a vital mix of software and hardware solutions to ensure that every project represents a self-sustaining confluence. Through its dedicated, well informed, technically sound and streamlined staff, ESF promulgates capacity building and training modules of stakeholders while providing specialized cost effective technical engineering solutions.
Since its formation, ESF has worked in both the public and private sectors. It has collaborated extensively with European organizations, such as GIZ in Germany, IWA in England and seecon in Switzerland, especially for the creation and development of Training Courses in SSWM imparted in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Philippines. Concomitantly, ESF has implemented its own set of pilot projects in India. ESF has also participated in 2 EuropeAid projects (namely ECOSAN-CAPACITY (AsiaProEco Program 2007-2008), ACCESSanitation (EuropeAid, 2009-running), thus having become familiarized intensively with the European Commission Procedures for funding.
Furthermore, ESF has been assigned to develop together with the ULBs of Vasai-Virar (Maharashtra), Hosakote (Karnataka), Vikarabad (Andhra Pradesh), Tirupur (Tamil Nadu) and Rajahmundry (Andhra Pradesh) their City Sanitation Plans, through extensive training and coaching.
All the above makes ESF a strong partner for capacity building and technically accompanying the participating local governments in the identification and implementation of workable sustainable sanitation solutions.