Thematic Discussion - From missing market incentives to misaligned incentives. What is choking India’s rural sanitation progress?

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From missing market incentives to misaligned incentives. What is choking India’s rural sanitation progress?

Under the umbrella of the SuSanA Indian Chapter, the India Sanitation Coalition together with Population Services International (PSI) held a thematic online discussion about “From missing market incentives to misaligned incentives. What is choking India’s rural sanitation progress?”. The four-week discussion was active from 30 November until 26 December 2017.

PSI undertook a policy landscape study that reviewed existing literature and conducted key informant interviews with the aim to understand the policy landscape of the Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G), key functions and the key players (private, public, formal, informal). Additionally, it sought to understand the enablers and barriers in the existing policy in terms of its overall effectiveness, or level of coverage or access. This was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The insights from the landscape study suggest the following choke points:

  • The incremental increases in SBM-G allocations
  • Presence of a fragmented supply chain
  • Missing incentives for market behaviours
  • There is a need for the SBM-G to have a strategic stewardship role to unblock market barriers and stand guarantee for unlocking demand. This could catalyse other forms of capital investments from both private and corporate sectors.

The thematic discussion asked SuSanA members to react to these findings, especially the choke points that the study has identified and to share ideas on - What are the root causes of these chokepoints and how can these root causes be addressed?

A synthesis document about the discussion is available in the SuSanA library here.








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