Financing Sanitation: Column in Ideas for India

November 2014

The Government of India (GoI) has set a rather ambitious goal of eliminating open defecation by 2019. For urban areas, this implies providing toilets to about 22 million households. This column in Ideas for India (I4I) contends that it is possible to achieve this goal if the limited public funds are leveraged to facilitate innovative financing mechanisms, through a demand-led scheme for toilets.