The most ordinarily visible aspect of Arghyam’s commitment to water is the India Water Portal (IWP) This is now widely acknowledged as the most credible source of knowledge on water-related issues for India, and began in 2005 with encouragement from the National Knowledge Commission. It is an open, inclusive, web-based platform that shares water management knowledge amongst practitioners and the general public. Sustained by a flourishing and active community of contributors, the portal contains a comprehensive database of knowledge and resources related to water, sanitation, agriculture, the environment, climate change and related themes.Arghyam’s ambition of creating a platform for different voices working in water and sanitation is being served by the India Water Portal. During 2011-2012, the Portal’s focus shifted from being an aggregator and disseminator of useful knowledge to also becoming community-driven. There is abundant action and exchange amongst people and communities working on water-related issues (including equity and sustainability), which is facilitated every day thanks to a skilled team (distributed all over the country) that manages the Portal.As a centre for action and exchange, the Portal has the potential to catalyse change on a large-scale – leading to improved practices and informed debates – and this is how sections for more specific interests have evolved.
Regional Water Portals share knowledge and resources related to water, sanitation and associated themes with wider audiences who are more fluent in major regional languages. Through the Hindi Water Portal and the Kannada Water Portal an important part of Arghyam’s vision of making water information and knowledge available in Indian languages has been realised.The Schools Water Portal shares learning resources on water with educators, students, school managements and parents. Other than these audiences, however, this Portal is open to anyone who is interested in learning about basic water issues in India.The India Sanitation Portal shares knowledge and resources on sanitation with practitioners and the general public. It was launched at SACOSAN in November 2008, and was conceived as a collaborative effort between Arghyam, WaterAid, WASH Institute, WES-Net, UNICEF, Wherever the Need, Water for People, SEI, PLAN India and WSP. It was also supported by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS).The Conflicts Portal is managed in association with the Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India. The Forum is an effort to bring together all those interested in working on issues related to water conflicts in India into a loose network for action and interaction.Connect with India Water PortalEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgFacebook | Twitter | Youtube | Flickr