Project Profile: Clean India Campaign

India: Taking on the World’s Largest Sanitation Problem

Clean India Campaign | 2015–2020

Currently more than 377 million people live in India’s urban areas, a number that continues to increase rapidly. India’s urbanization puts tremendous stress on already struggling drinking water and sanitation services. To address these daunting challenges, the Government of India made improving water and sanitation a national priority in 2014 with the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Campaign).

In 2016, USAID helped India drive changes in water and sanitation that make cities cleaner, healthier, and more prosperous for millions of people by harnessing expertise and innovation. For example, through a partnership with India’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID supports building the government’s water and sanitation WASH capacity at the national, state, and city levels to achieve India’s ambitious sanitation targets.


This project profile appears in the USAID Global Water and Development Report.