Aga Khan Development Network Comprehensive Sanitation Initiative

Duration: 2015-2019

Location: India

Reach: 101,100 households and 528 schools

Budget: $44.2 million (Government of India: $16.9 million; other donors: $14.3 million; community contributions: $7.8 million; AKF-USA: $2.6 million; AKFC: $2.6 million)


The AKDN Comprehensive Sanitation initiative aims to contribute to 100 percent access and use of improved sanitation facilities in six Indian states: Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, and Telangana. The AKDN developed the program as a direct response to the Government of India’s request to support the Clean India Campaign, a flagship government initiative to eliminate open defecation by 2019.

The initiative adopts an integrated, two-fold approach to reach 100% sanitation coverage and use at the household, school, and community level. It facilitates the construction of sanitation units and provides local women and men with training and resources to promote improved hygiene practices.

The overall target is to ensure access of improved sanitation facilities for 100,000 individual households, 538 schools, and 30 urban communities in 664 villages in Bihar, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra, and six urban wards in Patna and Hyderabad.

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Read Sumitra Devi’s story of how the AKDN Comprehensive Sanitation Initiative is making a difference in her family.

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