equity and inclusion

'Nothing about us without us!': the Philippines' approach to Zero Open Defecation

Following the workshop facilitated jointly by the CLTS Knowledge Hub at IDS and UNICEF which looked at how best to support the poorest and most vulnerable in sanitation at scale, the Ministry of Health and UNICEF facilitated a one-day workshop for Government and partners in the Philippines on the 29th May 2017. The purpose of this workshop was to share the learning from the first few days discussions and to consider the opportunities and challenges to applying different subsidy and reward schemes in the context of the Philippines in supporting the poorest.

Untangling complexity: How do we ensure we effectively reach, support and involve the most disadvantaged?

Have had the great opportunity to take part in a workshop organised jointly by the CLTS Knowledge Hub at IDS and UNICEF, which looked at how best to support the poorest and most vulnerable in sanitation at scale.

The participants included a mix of some of the leading lights and people active in: CLTS and participatory techniques; smart subsidies; and equity and inclusion. It also included representatives of organisations implementing sanitation at scale:

Supporting the rights of girls and women through MHM: Realities, progress and opportunities

This synthesis of the MHM context across the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region has been initiated jointly by the Education and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) teams of the UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO). It aims to provide an overview of the experiences of girls and women and the current status of MHM programming and action across the region. The main focus has been on the school context linked to WASH in Schools (WinS); but MHM related to out-of-school youth, at community level, in humanitarian contexts and in the workplace have also been included.

Date: 22 May 2017

Supporting the Rights of Girls and Women through MHM in the East Asia and Pacific Region

Women and girls continue to be subjected to multiple challenges when it comes to menstrual hygiene management (MHM), due to things like taboos; norms and practices; a lack of access to accurate information; poor access to sanitary products and poor access to Water Sanitation and Hygiene facilities. The real life consequences of this, can affect a girl’s education, as well as some of her other rights, including her right to equality, health and dignity.

Date: 22 May 2017

What can existing data on water and sanitation tell us about menstrual hygiene management?

Half of the global population menstruate as part of their life cycle. This involves water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs that are often overlooked. Experience from the Millennium Development Goals shows that states focus on targets that are measured globally. Data and indicators on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) for women and girls can have a positive impact on raising awareness, national policy making, and in finding sustainable WASH sector solutions.

Date: 22 May 2017

Photo competition: supporting the poorest and most marginalised

CLTS has proven to be a powerful approach to trigger communities into becoming open defecation free (ODF) in many countries across the world. However, sustainability studies are beginning to show that ODF status is often fragile and those most likely to revert back to open defecation are the poorest and most disadvantaged. This may be due to limited resources and capacity resulting in less well-built, less durable and less well-located toilets that are more likely to collapse, face problems and discourage use.

Instituting equity and inclusion in market-based approaches: reaching the poor and disabled in sanitation

This paper describes iDE's approach to mainstreaming equity and inclusion within its market-based approach from the beginning of a programme and not as an afterthought. The paper focuses on two separate strategies aimed at increasing access and equity among different groups. The first is the use of financial tools to increase access for very poor consumers in Bangladesh and Cambodia. The second part of the paper focuses on iDE's user-centred design approach and experimentation with new construction technologies in constructing a latrine shelter for disabled users.

Date: 6 April 2017
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