CLTS Blog posts
Apart from the pre-conference workshop, there were two CLTS events during the SACOSAN V in Kathmandu.
One was on ‘Transforming sanitation: CLTS around the world’ and attracted a very high attendance. For around one hour, Kamal Kar (CLTS Foundation), Deepak Sanan (CLTS Foundation), Robert Chambers (Institute of Development Studies) and Chris Williams (WSSCC Executive Director) shared their views on how CLTS has evolved and influenced the sanitation sector.
There was a very appealing session in the SACOSAN V about equity and inclusion: ‘Reaching the unreached’, indeed very adequate for the conference’s motto "Sanitation for All: All for Sanitation".
The South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN V) kicked off on the 21 October 2013 in Kathmandu. It is a biennial convention providing a platform for interaction on sanitation to South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), enabling learning from past experiences and setting actions for the future.
CLTS Sharing and Learning workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal: sustainability, M&E and sanitation marketing
On the 20th October 2013, a one-day CLTS Sharing and Learning workshop was held in Kathmandu, Nepal, in the run-up to the 5th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN V). We were 45 participants, coming from different countries –with Nepal leading in terms of numbers of participants and India second– and with various degrees and kinds of experience in CLTS.
I enjoyed World Water Week. There were some good sessions, old friends and new people to meet, and a lot to learn. This year the theme was Water Cooperation: Building Partnerships. The bias to water was understandable but if anything stronger than usual – my rough count is that about one session in ten was on sanitation or WASH, but that was enough to keep you busy as sessions ran in parallel and much of the time there was something relevant to go to.
We had two very interesting activities on our last day at the WEDC conference in Nakuru, Kenya. In the morning, we made an exciting visit to a Rhonda area in Nakuru, in order to learn about the initiatives of Practical Action and Umande Trust there. In the evening, we had a side-event called ‘CLTS: taking stock, challenges, innovations, and ways forward’, where CLTS practitioners from different countries shared innovations that were being implemented in their areas.
Our third day at the WEDC conference in Nakuru started with an open meeting at the CLTS stall. As those who participated were primarily from Kenya, most of the discussion dealt with sanitation in the country.
The first topic discussed was the need of political commitment at higher levels if CLTS is to be rolled out at the country level. When it is in place, solutions are quickly found to the ‘common’ obstacles CLTS faces when scaling up (lack of capacity, human resources etc.).
A Participatory Design experience in Malawi and findings from the sanitation campaign in Haryana (India)
From our second day of the WEDC Conference in Nakuru, Kenya, I would like to highlight two outstanding papers presented, namely Bell’s research about sanitation approaches in India and Cole’s insights from a participatory design experience in Malawi.