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Making India Open Defecation Free

March 30, 2016

Improving sanitation in India’s villages, where three out of five people defecate in the open, has proved to be one of the country’s greatest development challenges. A $1.5 billion World Bank loan will support the Clean India Mission, the country’s largest-ever drive to improve sanitation. It aims to end open defecation by Oct. 2, 2019, Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday.