Adaptations and innovations

Sanitation in emergencies: synopsis from the 14th SanCop meeting

The 14th meeting of the UK's Sanitation Community of Practice was held on Thursday 10th April at Oxfam's head office in Oxford. The meeting's focus was on Sanitation in Emergencies.

The meeting aimed to:
• Outline recent trends in emergency sanitation
• Explore the applicability of CLTS (community led total sanitation) in an emergency context
• Highlight sanitation technologies for use in emergency and humanitarian contexts
• Develop an appreciation of accessibility issues when designing and planning latrines and sanitation facilities.

Date: 20 May 2014

CLTS as long term sanitation strategy for early recovery phase of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines

Plan Philippines and the Provincial Health Office of Western Samar facilitated a CLTS training from the 16th to the 19th March 2014 for local government staff, representatives of 25 barangays/villages and health workers in Marabut Municipality of Western Samar Provinces. They are interested in using CLTS as a long term sanitation strategy for enhancing the capacity of the duty bearers to address the sanitation problems in villages badly hit by typhoon Yolanda.

Date: 26 March 2014
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WASH Fund open: submit your ideas and innovations

ELRHA – (Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance) is launching a series of challenges where they are looking for specific products/processes that address particular water, sanitation and hygiene problems. For instance, the first challenge is to find a solution for latrine lighting in camp settings. If you think you may have a solution for this please read the challenge scope and apply online at www.innocentive.com/hif. In the coming weeks a second challenge in solid waste management will be released – you can check for updates on www.humanitarianinnovation.org

Frontières Numéro 1: Développement d’un concept participatif pour l’assainissement

Frontiers Issue 1 French cover

La durabilité des latrines est un enjeu crucial de l’ATPC. Les sols sablonneux ou rocheux , les inondations saisonnières ou encore les termites peuvent présenter de graves défis pour les communautés qui ont choisi de s’occuper de leur propre assainissement grâce à l’ATPC et qui optent pour la construction de latrines. Le manuel de l’ATPC identifie le besoin d’approches par conception participative durant des sessions de suivi avec des communautés ayant fait l’objet d’un déclenchement.

Date: 14 January 2014

CLTS events during SACOSAN V: Transforming sanitation and urban CLTS

CLTS events at SACOSAN V

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.

Reflections from World Water Week 2013

Robert Chambers

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. 

CLTS at the 36th WEDC International Conference (Report)

WEDC Conference, Nakuru

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.

Date: 29 August 2013

Using participatory design to develop latrine options in Malawi

Creating prototypes to explore the design options
In 2011, UNICEF Malawi decided to apply social marketing tools to improve and enhance their existing CLTS program. The CLTS program had demonstrated great advances in improving sanitation coverage. However, reports were coming into the office that households were continuing to struggle with poor product designs that collapsed after a short time-in-use.

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