Sugantha Priscilla L

Senior Consultant – Practice | spriscilla at iihs dot ac dot in


Ongoing    PhD, Women Empowerment Annamalai University Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, India
1998    MTech, Rural Technology Centre for Adult Continuing Education & Extension,

             Bharathidasan University Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India

1996    BA, Rural Management Holy Cross College Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India

Countries: India, Cambodia, South Africa, Afghanistan, Brazil and Sri Lanka
States: Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Orissa and Rajasthan
Cities: Delhi, Ranchi
Languages: English, Tamil

Sugantha Priscilla is a senior specialist in social development with over 20 years of extensive field research and global work experience in promoting economic empowerment of women and inclusive growth of societies. She has specialised in entrepreneurship development, community-driven development systems, participatory methodologies, gender-differentiated impact and skill development. She has been involved in implementing the women’s self-help group movement in seven states in India. She has supported implementation of SHG poverty reduction programmes in Afghanistan, South Africa, Kenya, Brazil and Cambodia. Having worked with government projects and INGOs she has a unique advantage and the skill set to navigate public–private partnerships.


Priscilla has work experience in skills and placement, enterprise development and livelihoods promotion. She comes with proven skills in identifying/reviewing business initiatives, paving activities and timelines, mentoring, implementation and effective use of financial and monitoring tools. As head of a micro-enterprise facilitation unit in Hand in Hand India, she has initiated a large number of underprivileged women into various enterprises. Priscilla has coordinated vocational skill training activities in more than 28 trades and has established 3 enterprise HUBs and an Enterprise Incubation centres. She has also worked as state specialist for a Government of Tamil Nadu project supported by World Bank when she undertook a study on potential enterprises in Tamil Nadu and had facilitated promotion of Economic Activities groups (EAG) and enterprise federation. She has also coordinated a project for establishing B2B online business among SHG women entrepreneurs. She has served as consultant to Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Ltd, Water Partners and Consolidated Health Economic Evaluation Reporting Standards (CHEERS). She has been a part of technical assistance team in the projects funded by IADB (Inter-American Development Bank) in Brazil and ADB (Asian Development Bank) in Madhya Pradesh, SIDBI’s Poorest States Inclusive Growth (PSIG) project, and Pondicherry government’s Tank Rehabilitation Project supported by the European Union. She has managed a wide range of development projects at various capacities, from implementation at field to senior management level. Priscilla has been appreciated for her skills in preparing client friendly learning materials and training modules.


Currently she works with IIHS, implementing activities related to gender, inclusion, sanitation workers welfare in the City-Wide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) programme at Tiruchirappalli. Priscilla holds a master’s in rural technology and is currently pursuing with her doctorate in women’s empowerment.


  • Urban Sanitation, Water and sanitation, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS




  • CREA Learning Session – Gender and WASH , CREA , Delhi NCR, India
  • CSE – Inclusion in CWIS , Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) , Delhi NCR, India
  • National Brainstorming Workshop on Urban Livelihoods , National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM-DAY) , Delhi NCR, India
  • Project-based training – CT/PT management,Digital Blended Learning (DBL) course, IIHS

Other Writing

  • Priscilla, L. S., Muniyandi, K., Rani, A, J, C., Rajeswari, R., & Raghunathan, R. (2020). Compilation of welfare schemes for sanitation workers. TNUSSP.
  • Priscilla, S., Manivannan, M. & Chakraborti, N. (2023, October). Inclusive sanitation: Challenges in service delivery to urban poor [Poster presentation]. 2023 UNC Water and Health Conference at UNC, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  • Priscilla, S. L., Clara, D. M., Rani, A. J. C., Rajeswari, R., Chakraborti, N., Ambalavanan, L., Kannan, M., Sinha, A., & Wankhade, K. (2023). Wellbeing and occupational health and safety of sanitation workers in Trichy. Paper presented at the 7th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference, FSM7.
  • Pattnam, G., Ramamoorthy, R., Priscilla, S., & Rajeswari, R. (2022). Institutionalising periodic desludging of community and public toilets in Trichy. In The UNC Water and Health Conference. The Water Institute, University of North Carolina.
  • Priscilla, S., Wankhade, K., Rani, A. C., & Rajeswari. (2021, May 31 -June 4). Women managed community toilets–sustained service, combating COVID-19. Paper presented at the 6th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference, FSM6.
  • Ravi, M., Chakraborti, N., Murukesan, V., Oviya, B., Nagarajan, A., & Priscilla, S. (2021, May 31 -June 4). Key messaging and dissemination around Menstrual Health Management (MHM). Paper presented at the 6th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference, FSM6.
  • Wankhade, K., Nagarajan, A., Chakraborti, N., & Priscilla, S. (2021). Behaviour change communication approaches for FSM. In 42nd WEDC international conference: Equitable and sustainable WASH services: Future challenges in a rapidly changing world. WEDC.
  • Citywide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS)
  • Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP)