J-PAL South Asia launches SARWA initiative for clean air and water in India


At an event in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) South Asia announced the launch of Solutions and Advancements through Research for Air and Water (SARWA), an initiative to advance clean air and water in India and one of the new J-PAL Air and Water Labs. Through SARWA, J-PAL South Asia, with support from Community Jameel, is partnering with the Government of India’s Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DWWS) and the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) to design, test, implement and scale up solutions that are effective in reducing air and water pollution. 

SARWA is part of broader efforts by J-PAL and Community Jameel to improve access to clean air and water globally by scaling up effective programmes. J-PAL Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and J-PAL Africa are also launching Air and Water Labs, in collaboration with Community Jameel, to address the global water and air pollution crises in vulnerable geographies. Collectively, the J-PAL Air and Water Labs will serve nearly 260 million people. The labs collaborate with local government in Cape Town, South Africa, state-level representatives in India, and national leadership in Egypt to tackle critical water and air challenges.

In India, about 75% of households lacked on-premise drinking water in 2018 and air pollution reduces the average life expectancy by 5 years.

J-PAL researchers in India will engage with government partners to co-diagnose the most urgent air and water challenges and opportunities for policy innovation, expand policymakers' access to and use of high-quality data, co-design potential evidence-based solutions, generate evidence through rigorous evaluation and use of existing and new data sources, and support scaling of effective air and water programmes and policies.

Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
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Shobhini Mukerji

Executive director, J-PAL South Asia

George Richards

Director, Community Jameel

Iqbal Dhaliwal

Global executive director and board member, J-PAL; Scientific director, J-PAL South Asia

Shruti Narayan

Regional Director, South and West Asia, C40

Sharanya Chandran

Director of policy and communications, J-PAL South Asia

Shikhar Agarwal

Chairman, Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board

RB Barad

Chairman, Gujarat Pollution Control Board

Namrata Kala

Affiliated professor, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab; Scientific advisor, SARWA

Sanjeev Kumar

Principal secretary, Forests and environment department, Government of Gujarat, India

Marcella D'Souza

Director, WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS)

Nupur Bahadur

Amit Garg

Professor, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

Kartikeya Sarabhai

Director, Centre for Environment Education

Michael Greenstone

Co-chair, environment, energy and climate change, J-PAL; Scientific advisor, SARWA



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