V.S. Chary

Ashoka Fellow
Hyderabad, India
Fellow Since 2006


This profile was prepared when V.S. Chary was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
The New Idea
Chary uses a combination of engineering and managerial solutions to re-structure municipal systems, breaking down deep misconceptions and resistance to technical improvements. By institutionalizing water delivery controls, encouraging collaboration between officials, and employing various other political strategies, Chary is also addressing government inactivity due to bureaucratic inefficiencies.   Since 2002, through an initiative called the Change Management Forum (CMF), Chary has set into motion a model of round-the-clock water supply, which begins with local reforms focusing on operation, maintenance and best practices in management. The pilot project in Andhra Pradesh has effectively reduced connection costs, drastically increasing access to water for the local poor. With CMF, Chary provides a group of members the tools they need to make positive changes in water delivery systems, as in Andhra Pradesh, in their communities and across India.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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