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UNICEF Field Notes on Communiy Approaches to Total Sanitation: Learning from five country programmes

CATS is UNICEF’s core strategy to eliminate open defecation, in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.2: to ‘achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations’.4 CATS has scaled up rapidly since its 2008 inception, with implementation in over 60 countries: approximately 48 million people now live in open defecation free communities that previously did not.5 With these achievements come even greater challenges.

Date: 27 July 2017
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Raising the CLTS bar: a case study from Bankura, West Bengal

Having learnt a lot from Malda and Cooch Behar about scaling up the CLTS approach, the Centre for Sustainable Solutions in Social Welfare started a pilot in the district of Bankura in West Bengal. There was a theory in the state, much promoted by an agency implementing the national sanitation programme in the adjoining district of Purulia, that while the CLTS approach worked in the districts of Malda and Cooch Behar, it would not work in the twin districts of Bankura and Purulia.

Date: 28 April 2017
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Local governance and sanitation: Eight lessons from Uganda

Many non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, as well as bilateral and multilateral donors, recognize the importance of closely working with governments in sanitation and hygiene programmes. Collective behaviour change approaches, such as Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), are also increasingly being embraced by governments as an alternative to traditional subsidy and enforcement-based approaches.

Date: 4 April 2017
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Connecting the Dots-Advancing the WASH Agenda in 16 Countries with WSSCC’s National Coordinators

WSSCC works closely with highly respected professionals in the water, sanitation and hygiene arena who are nominated by their peers and appointed by the Executive Director to be volunteer experts, known as national coordinators. The 16 national coordinators work in priority countries in Africa and Asia and are an important and distinguishing feature of WSSCC. This report is focused on the WSSCC national coordinators, the vital work they lead at country level and their considerable ongoing impact.

Date: 4 April 2017

Unlocking the power of women in CLTS

Harriet Beecher Stowe, 19th-century American author, is fondly remembered for stating that women are the real architects  of society. I decided to put this saying to test by conducting a self-sponsored micro-poll in the Kiplombe ward, part of the Turbo Sub County – one of the 11 sub counties covered by the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) –  with variable X denoted as number of men involving themselves with upholding and improving communal sanitation standards and variable Y representing the number of women passionate about matters sanitation and hygiene. The results?

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