Based on key findings, a three-step pathway to scale and sustainability has emerged to improve rural sanitation in India, where almost 600 million people living in rural areas defecate in the open.


To address this neglected but crucial part of urban sanitation, the World Bank has developed some tools to diagnose Fecal Sludge Management status and to guide decision-making.


Open defecation remains a critical global health challenge, affecting almost 1 billion people around the world and contributing significantly to the estimated 842,000 people who die each year because of poor sanitation, hygiene practices, and unsafe water supplies. A new study proposes a framework to support the initiation and maintenance of open defecation behavior change.

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Publication: Nudging and Habit Change for Open Defecation: New Tactics from Behavioral Science

A new $1.5 billion World Bank program will support the Government of India in implementing the rural component of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), or the Clean India Mission.

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This year, #worldwaterday focuses on the connection between water and jobs. Today, almost half of the world's 1.5 billion workers are working in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery.

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Scaling Up Rural Sanitation
Supporting governments and private sector to implement sanitation programs at scale.
Economics of Sanitation (ESI)
Study estimates billions of dollars in losses from poor sanitation.
Domestic Private Sector Participation
Assisting domestic private sector participants to help increase access to water and sanitation services, especially for the poor.

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