Request for Expression of Interest
Date of the EoI: 12th February 2020
Closing Date of the EoI: 21st February 2020
Email EoI to: with a cc to
Purpose of expression of interest (EoI)
Water Aid is currently seeking Expressions of Interest (EoI) from NGOs (with valid FCRA registration) working in the state of Karnataka for expanding its work to improve the lives of wastepickers and their communities. NGOs with experience of working in urban WASH and having experience of working in Bangalore and its suburbs will be given preference.
About WaterAid India (WAI)
WaterAid India is part of the global WaterAid network, which seeks to improve access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene for everyone, everywhere. WaterAid has been working for more than three decades in India, with a mission to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. WaterAid works with communities in rural and urban areas through local implementing partners.
WaterAid India has its head office in New Delhi. WaterAid India also has Regional Offices in Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad and Lucknow. We currently work in 13 states in the country in 39 districts and 6 towns/cities across India in partnership with local organisations.
Census 2011 indicates that around 31.16% of the country lives in urban areas and more than half (18%) lives in slums. Though there have been some improvements in streamlining basic services in these slums, gaps exist in providing water, sanitation and hygiene related infrastructure and services at the slum level. Those who live in non-notified slums are often not included in urban development plans.
Among the communities living in urban slums in India, waste pickers are an estimated 1.5 million to 4 million, who pick up, clean, sort and segregate recyclable waste and sell it further up the value chain in order to make a living. They are amongst the most marginalised and impoverished subpopulations of the urban poor - illiterate, unskilled, lowest in caste hierarchy and poorest of the poor.
A recent study, of waste pickers in urban jhuggi jhopri (slum) clusters and resettlement colonies supported by WaterAid India revealed that limited access to clean drinking water and toilets fuels waste pickers’ vulnerability to mortalities and affects their meagre income. It is also a denial of their fundamental right to live with dignity. A similar study carried out in Bengaluru over seven years indicates lack of access to drinking water and toilets emerges as one of the important verticals affecting quality of life of waste pickers in Bengaluru.
To address this gap and improve wastepickers lives and livelihoods through WASH needs, WaterAid India is executing a three year project titled “WASH for Health and Dignity of Waste Pickers” Scope of Work
The overall project goal is to bring a positive change to the quality of life of waste pickers, their families and communities in slums of Bangalore. The project will involve the following the main components of outcomes:
- Mapping of waste pickers exclusion from WASH services and map available opportunities
- Create awareness among waste pickers communities and collectives on WASH rights
- Work with waste picker communities to help them exercise their WASH rights
- Demonstrate WASH models in selected settlements of waste pickers
- Ensure local government recognition and commitment to address WASH gaps among waste picker community
- To orient the waste pickers on their rights and entitlements and strengthen their institutions for a better governance on WASH
In addition, the partner is expected to have familiarity and expertise on the following:
- Working with waste picker and/or other marginalised communities in an urban context
- Working on urban issues including an exposure to WASH
- Ability to manage multi partner and high value projects
- Excellent data management skills
- Experience of working with Urban Governance structures, institutions and relevant stakeholders
Submission of expression of interest (EoI)
Interested NGOs are encouraged to submit a formal letter / e-mail expressing their interest in undertaking such work along with the documents (as mentioned below) for a desk review. Please use the mentioned format for sending your EoI attached as annexure.
EoIs should be sent to "> with a cc to "> , no later than close of business on 21th February 2020. Please quote “Interest for Partnership: WASH for Health and Dignity of Waste Pickers” as the subject in your correspondence.
Please note that this is only a call for Expression of Interest and we are not seeking bids or proposals at this stage. A response to this Call for Expression of Interest does not automatically ensure that you will be selected to participate in the request for proposal. After the desk review of the documents, WaterAid will contact the shortlisted organisations for a Programmatic and Financial Assessment, who would be later invited for submitting a detailed project proposal.
Water Aid reserves the right to change or cancel requirements at any time during the EoI and/or solicitation process. Water Aid also reserves the right to require compliance with additional conditions as and when issuing the final RFP. If you have any questions about this EoI, please email ">