A three day Regional Learning event on ‘Scaling up Sanitation and Hygiene in the East Asia and Pacific Region’ was held in Bangkok in December 2013. This workshop was jointly organized by UNICEF, WSP, WaterAid and Plan International. Over 60 participants from more than 8 countries in the region (PNG, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines) participated in the event. This meeting builds on the previous learning and sharing of experience at meetings including EaSan III (East Asia Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene, Bali 2012).
The fifth South Asian Conference on Sanitation –SACOSAN V– took place in late October 2013 in Kathmandu, Nepal. During four days, 400 delegates from all over the world, though the vast majority from South Asia, had the opportunity to , exchange experiences, learn and network around sanitation. CLTS was also present at SACOSAN V, and not only for being mentioned in some of the conference presentations.
Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) had a strong presence at the WEDC conference in Nakuru, Kenya. The CLTS Knowledge Hub hosted a number of events throughout the week, which are described in this report. New innovations came to light, and exciting discussions were had both during the sessions, and at the CLTS exhibition stall, which was a key focal point for all people interested in CLTS. Dr Kamal Kar gave a powerful keynote speech in the opening plenary which brought CLTS to the minds of all conference participants from the outset.
The "Making connections: Women, sanitation and health" event took place on 29th April 2013, attracting around 200 attendees from theWASH, gender and health sectors. Diverse representatives from each sector presented and debated critical issues linking gender, sanitation and health including violence against women and girls, maternal health and menstrual hygiene.
This report presents the main discussions, conclusions and recommendations of the National Workshop on Community-Led Approach in the Context of Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan held at the Uttarakhand Academy of Administration, Nainital on April 16 to 18 2013. The workshop was convened by the Key Resource Centre in collaboration with the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and supported by the Government of India and Institute of Development Studies, with facilitation support by Knowledge Links and input from the CLTS Foundation.
From 12th to 17th November 2012 SAREP (USAID’s Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program) organized a one week Training of CLTS Facilitators Workshop in Shakawe, north western Botswana. This was the first training workshop to be held on the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach in Botswana, and the first experimental use of this approach at the community level in Botswana.
In early May 2013, a team of 39 Public health workers, Provincial administrators, Community health Extension Workers, Natural Leaders, Community Health Workers and Plan Kenya staff from Kilifi and Kwale Programme Units visited Nambale ODF District. The purpose of the visit was to learn about the experiences, challenges, strategies and practices that helped Nambale to become ODF.