ASAL Program

Ahmedabad Sanitation Action Lab

The Ahmedabad Sanitation Action Lab (ASAL) is a 3 year action research (2014-2017) for implementing innovative solutions to school sanitation and sanitation problems in slums and slum-like settlements of Ahmedabad, in coordination with the government, NGOs and corporate partners. ASAL is led by the Urban Management Centre (UMC) in partnership with Government of Gujarat (GoG) and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). The program is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). ASAL's resource partners include Sintex Industries Ltd. (Sintex) and its associate partners include Mahila Housing Trust (MHT), MICA and Theatre Media Centre (TMC).

The program provides technical assistance to AMC for strengthening community engagement, improving operational and management processes for provision of water-sanitation services, and designing a targeted behavior change communication campaign. ASAL will align its activities with the recently announced Swachh Bharat Mission by the Government of India and the Mahatma Gandhi Swachhta Mission of the Government of Gujarat. Municipal schools will be at the core of the intervention by introducing students to concepts of water-sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Students will become the ambassadors of change and will bring WASH learning to their homes and neighborhoods. Lessons from the program will be disseminated to other cities across India.

ASAL provides support to the Swachh Bharat Mission through design of e-courses for city managers on various aspects of sanitation. These e-courses have been uploaded on the e-course portal ( of the SBM. 

Related Content

ASAL Annual Report 2015-16  

ASAL Annual Report 2014-15

UMC - ASAL's WASH Assessment Tool   
The ABC of WASH improvement in Schools  
Swachh School Survekshan Indicator Framework - 2017   
Swachh School Survekshan Evaluator's Manual - 2017  
Standard Operating Procedure for Cleaning of Public Toilets (English)  
Report on National Workshop on Peer to Peer Learning  
Communication Strategy and Field Implementation Plan for ASAL  
Booklet on Menstrual Hygiene Management for Adolescent Girls (Gujarati)  

  Games On Sanitation for Students

       Card Game on Good vs Bad Hygiene Practice

       Ten Steps Of Handwash

Curriculum Review: WASH in Municipal Schools of Ahmedabad  
Design Guidelines for Water and Sanitation Facilities in Municipal Schools of Ahmedabad (English)   
Design Guidelines for Water and Sanitation Facilities in Municipal Schools of Ahmedabad (Gujarati)  

Sanitation Index - Indicators of Monitoring Cleanliness under the Mahatma Gandhi Swachhata Mission

 Institutional Mapping for WASH Implementation in Municipal Schools of Ahmedabad   
 Sanitation Index for Municipal Schools for Swachhta Brigade (Gujarati)   

Related Videos

 ASAL - A film on the interventions in schools  
 Mythri - A short Gujarathi video on menstrual hygiene management  
 Awareness video for child-friendly toilet construction in schools  
 Awareness video for Sanitation facilities for girls in school