2009 MSW, Rural and Urban Community Development, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences,
Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala
2007 BA, Literature, Maharaja’s College, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala
Countries: India, Mozambique
States: Kerala, Bihar, Andaman and Nicobar, Odisha
Cities: Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Patna, villages of Jahanabad, Port Blair, Bhubaneswar, Maputo
Languages: Malayalam, Hindi, English
Anand is a development professional with more than 10 years of experience in various thematic areas of WASH – market-based sanitation, designing, programmatic management, analysis and capacity and institution building, in Bihar and Mozambique.
Anand did his post-graduation in Social Work (MSW) with a specialisation in Rural & Urban Community Development. He was part of the prestigious Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship offered by the Ministry of Rural Development, Govt of India, with academic mentoring support from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). As part of the fellowship, he worked as the nodal person for Jahanabad District in Bihar and later as a State Consultant to design and implement the Swachh Bharat Mission in Bihar. His work with the district administration on addressing the challenges of open defecation in Jahanabad, Bihar, was documented and recognised by Ministry of Rural Development.
His engagement at state level focussed on leveraging the women-led community institutions nurtured by Jeevika (State Rural Livelihood Mission of Bihar) to improve and sustain the sanitation status quo of rural Bihar.
Anand was part of the UNICEF WASH emergency response team deployed in Kerala in the aftermath of the floods and landslides in 2018. He took part in drafting the WASH chapter of ‘Post Disaster Needs Assessment’ report prepared by the United Nations for the Government of Kerala. He also developed and managed partnerships with community-based institutions, local self-governments and individuals at different levels. He has worked closely with the State Governments of Bihar and Kerala and NGOs to develop, implement and review sanitation programmes.
He was recently engaged as Sanitation Programme Support Officer (International Specialist, UNV) with UNICEF Mozambique Country office with the key task of developing an appropriate Market-Based Sanitation roadmap for sustaining the ODF status and supporting the communities climb the sanitation ladder by leveraging appropriate interventions. He was also engaged in the analysis of the sanitation and hygiene status of the country and the subsequent preparation of national and subnational sanitation profiling of Mozambique.