Aga Khan Development Network Engaging Citizens to Improve Sanitation: Impact in India

Aga Khan Development Network Engaging Citizens to Improve Sanitation: Impact in IndiaThe Aga Khan Development Network is empowering communities.

Two years ago, India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, made a bold statement: India, he said, would eliminate open defecation by October 2019. To accomplish this enormous goal, the Indian government aspires to build 120 million toilets in rural India. The budget for the massive public project, which is referred to as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission), is INR 200,000 crores ($29 billion).

The solution, though, is not as simple as just handing out free toilets. The people of India need to be compelled to change long-entrenched habits as well. As the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) argues, it will take a three-pronged solution—a combination of funds, raw materials, and human capital—with India’s citizens fully engaged on each front, to yield a successful rollout of toilets across India.

More at the source: Stanford Social Innovation Review


Related: Aga Khan Foundation



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2 thoughts

  1. Once again, yes i have always been intrigued that India has so many billionaires and sending e-mails to people
    around the world who need Medical or Financial Assistance, yet neither the Prime Minister Mr. Modi has done nothing to uplift the poor and train them for better sanitation which will reduce diseases, build proper housing for
    the poor, which will eliminate children growing up in slum areas without hope for the future, and the billionaires should also help in that area. I hope this will be done as AKDN strives to uplift rural areas in all countries but with the co-operation of the Minister or President. Good Luck


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