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We are pleased to announce the top three teams selected for the ACCESS program.

Team Koolio_APA, Mumbai

Narrate stories of 25 Koli families and their relationship with the sea

Team Sabka Bhalswa, Delhi

Document stories that bring out the voices of communities residing in and around the Bhalswa landfill in Delhi.

Team Water Tales, Ahmedabad

Narrate stories of the women of Sanklitnagar and their struggle to access basic WASH infrastructure.

Runner-up Teams

Team Parvaaz

Anandita Pathak, Akshayveer Singh Rathore, Shuja Rehman

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaqesue6ax0

Team Water_for_all

Kiran Kakade, Sanjana Shettigar, Vinit Vichare

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OGecZdMDnQ


The aaco initiative invites young professionals to participate in a three-month unique ACCESS program. The fellows will actively contribute to the public discourse on WASH and healthy space challenges faced by disadvantaged urban communities in India.

The ACCESS program aims to share local communities’ urban challenges such as flooding, drought, lack of access to drinking water and sanitation, solid waste management etc. It will also focus on interventions such as nature-based solutions or infrastructural solutions through various storytelling mediums.

The program aims to equip a young talent pool to engage with local communities, community organizations and other stakeholders to narrate compelling stories that spark change.

Illustration by unDraw

Illustration by unDraw


The ACCESS program aims for:

  • Opportunities for youth to learn, develop skills and engage with WASH and healthy space challenges in disadvantaged urban communities
  • Powerful narration of on-ground stories on the challenges faced by the community and their effort to instigate meaningful discourses and implement solutions
  • Collaboration of young people from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to offer new perspectives and creativity in communicating complex problems


  • A young urban leader network and a headstart in the WASH sector
  • Financial grant of up to INR 4,50,000 per team (three-member team). Each member receives INR 1,50,000. The grant is inclusive of all applicable taxes
  • Site-based applied learning, knowledge-sharing, capacity-building and direct technical assistance by aaco partners
  • One-to-one mentorship and coaching from field experts
  • Workshops on topics such as stakeholder engagement methods, design-thinking, effective story narration etc.
  • Global visibility and connections

Illustration by unDraw