Meet the man who led the world’s largest campaign to end open defecation in India: Param Iyer.
In October 2014, less than 40% of India’s rural households had toilets. In spite of this low achievement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ambitious mission to eradicate open defecation in India within five years.
Thanks to the leadership of Mr. Iyer, who serves as Secretary, Drinking Water and Sanitation in the Government of India, already about 98.8% of rural households have access to toilets. This remarkable progress has been accompanied by a massive effort to bring about behavioral change. The goal is for people to use toilets as toilets and not for any other purpose such as storage, and for them to sustain this behavior. Mr. Iyer, who has also previously worked at the World Bank, will tell you the incredible story of how this unprecendented campaign was organized and is being sustained.
Mr. Iyer will be in conversation with Professor Arvind Panagariya, the Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy and Director of the Deepak and Neera Raj Center for Indian Economic Policies.
The reception starts at 5:30 pm with food and drinks followed by the talk, which will begin at 6pm.