Avinash has a Ph.D. in modern history from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has also been a Charles Wallace post-doctoral Fellow at School of Oriental and African Studies, London University and has 14 years of work experience behind him. He has been a member of key national networks on a range of development issues and has also been instrumental in founding some of the new networks around the right to education and governance. Avinash was previously associated with Oxfam and has extensive experience in basic services, governance, policy advocacy, research and campaigns. He is currently Director, Programmes & Policy at WaterAid India.
The media, civil society organisations and communities will need to support the government. Keeping the focus on this year's theme for Global Handwashing Day (October 15) 'Raise a hand for hygiene', we need to raise our hands together for the Global Goals. Only then can we ensure that our governments will work for their effective implementation and monitoring.