Pathways to SDG6: Macro to Micro Perspectives

For the first time in the history of India, a national programme has been launched to improve the health of citizens -- by upgrading sanitation coverage, waste management and hygiene practices. The 'Swachh Bharath' or Clean India Mission works on three levels.

First, it aims to improve supply-side delivery platforms by engaging with all governing bodies, from central to village levels. Second, it seeks to promote creative cooperative consortiums, involving both private and public, and national and international actors. Third, it is trying to nudge the necessary behavioural change on the part of citizens to make India clean.


On World Toilet Day, 19 November 2016, UNU-MERIT and partners hosted a conference in New Delhi -- to see how far we have come and how we can move forward in the Clean India Mission. We examined the different pathways to a SWACHH India, the challenges encountered, and the solutions being experimented with. We also honoured some extraordinary change makers.

We continued discussions on 20 November, asking how technology and innovation can help achieve all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), not only in India but also in other developing countries. Academics presented their results and practitioners shared their thoughts on where knowledge and tools generation are most needed (see the presentations below).

Both conference days were of use to students and academics interested in the study of technology and innovation for the SDGs, as well as practitioners interested in soliciting or integrating academic research findings for strategy or policy design.

The conference helped those attending to understand the various pathways to the SDGs, especially SDG6. It provided insights on the challenges faced by India and other developing countries, honoured change-makers, and enabled debate on the governance of technology and innovation. For more details, please contact: Prof. Shyama V. Ramani /

Download the conference report


Venue: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

Date: 19-20 November 2016

Time: 09:00 - 19:00  CEST