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Leadership Capacity-Building Program for Public–Private Partnerships in Fecal Sludge Management

Event | 24 - 26 September 2018 IIT-Madras, Chennai, India
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The Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) aims to eradicate open defecation in India by 2 October 2019, by building household and community toilets and establishing a mechanism to monitor toilet use. The mission will also help India reach Sustainable Development Goal Number 6.

The sanitation challenge will require innovations applicable on a large scale along with ground-breaking business solutions and policy instruments to quickly execute fecal sludge management (FSM) and non-sewered sanitation systems. Under the Sanitation Partnership Trust Fund between ADB and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, significant investments support identifying, testing, and pilot-implementing pioneering sanitation solutions, policies, business models, and technologies to increase support for FSM in ADB’s developing member countries. Public–private partnerships (PPPs) are key in establishing an integrated system for FSM delivery.

In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ADBI has been working closely with ADB headquarters and the ADB India Resident Mission to deliver a leadership capacity-building program targeting government officials in India. The program will be realized in collaboration with the i.school; the Japan Social Innovation Center; and the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Division of the Department of Civil Engineering of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, and will be held at IIT-Madras.

The program will gather high-level government officials along with experts, social and private enterprises, and students who can serve as changemakers and pioneers for social innovation in FSM.


The key objectives are as follows:

  • Come up with innovative products and services to revitalize PPP policies in the field
  • Solve social issues in India by promoting social innovation projects
  • Provide practical education opportunities through field work and case studies to sensitize participants in the field of FSM in India and abroad
  • Have diverse participants who can bring richness to the ideation process
  • Produce highly motivated personnel who can actively challenge tough social tasks in the field
  • Help build innovative solutions to support India’s Swacch Bharat Abhiyan and the Smart Cities Drive
  • About 25 government officials from the state governments of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal
  • Around 15 students from IIT-Madras
  • Participants’ innovative policy recommendations and PPP models on implementing FSM through government-funded and ADB-supported programs
How to register

By invitation only


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