Technological aspects within the CLTS Approach

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On the 27th of February 2012 the first day of the Second Annual Review Meeting of the Pan African CLTS Program took place. It was a really interesting day in which representatives of all the 8 countries in which the program is being implemented, gave us an update of the progress of their project, their main challenges, opportunities and lessons learned.

It seems that in every county they are facing technical challenges regarding collapsing of latrines due to heavy rains, loose soils and termites, a challenge that I also heard during many of my field visits and during the first Annual Review Meeting. Besides sharing country experiences on how to solve this problem I keep thinking to myself that I would be useful to get technical advice from a specialist on this matter. I know in the past too much focus has been put on the technological solutions for the sanitation challenge and CLTS is mainly focusing on the behavior change aspect of the sanitation challenge, but I keep wondering if we are neglecting the technological aspect at this moment. And with technological aspects I don’t mean the high tech solutions, but more the appropriate local solutions that can be used to solve certain problems. I really want to look into this more to see how we can incorporate this within the Pan African Program more.

Mascha Singeling, WASH Advisor Plan the Netherlands

Date: 28 February 2012