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Towards Swachh Bharat: Creating Demand & Building Partnerships

Shubhagato Dasgupta

December 16, 2015


The Conference was held against the backdrop of the first year anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission to deliberate on issues and draw out an effective course of action to make Swachh Bharat a reality. In particular, the Conference focused on engaging the private sector in sanitation service delivery to India’s cities and villages – covering both, existing initiatives and future possibilities.
The study report can be accessed here.

Inaugural Session (full video at the top)
The inaugural session saw speeches by Mr Ajay Shriram, Immediate Past President, CII (click here to watch the video); Dr Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President, Centre for Policy Research (click here to watch the video); and Mr M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India (click here to watch the video).

Plenary Session I: The Sanitation Economy: Roles & Opportunities
This session set the tone for looking at scope and varied opportunities the sector holds for different stakeholders in the emerging sanitation economy. Click here to watch the video.

Mr. Shubhagato Dasgupta (Senior Fellow, Centre for policy Research) presented the key findings of the report. This report will be useful for both- the government and the corporate sector to understand models of industry engagement in sanitation and to inform policy and research. Click here to watch the video

Plenary Session II: The Essentials: Behaviour Change and O&M
In this session models were presented that have successfully transformed poor infrastructure; interventions that brought about effective behaviour change; lessons learnt from the ground; and discuss policies and regulations that can enable sustained maintenance of community/public toilets and waste management facilities. Click here to watch the video.

Plenary Session III: Transforming the Ecosystem – Partnerships, the Road Ahead
The session focussed on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for achieving sustainable sanitation. Panellists discussed the institutional arrangements and innovative strategies that can help forge such collaborations, the roles different parties can take and examples where such PPPs have achieved the desired outcomes. Click here to watch the video.