Knowledge Note

India has invested almost $2.5 billion each year to improve water supply for over 700 million rural people, making it the largest such program in the world. Most rural water supply and sanitation systems in existence today have been designed and implemented by state-run agencies in a top-down manner with a focus on building infrastructure. Not surprisingly, government data show that 96 percent of the rural population has been ‘covered’ with a tap or a well within a reasonable distance from their home.

About the Presenters

Kapil Lall

Dr. Smita Misra