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my hang up
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6 February 2014
When we started the switching study – a qualitative research project on latrine adoption in 4 regions of South Asia – I was pretty nervous. Sangita’s already told you about our lifestyle in the field—lots of people on one floor, cold baths and long lines for the bathroom in the morning. Though I must say having our own cook is pretty posh compared to other data collection projects I’ve worked on. But the thing I was most concerned about was how awkward it was going to be to ask people about where and how they poop. Can you imagine if someone came to your house and started asking you about your toilet habits?
rice- India latrine
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6 February 2014
We recently spoke with a retired public servant who built a latrine about a year ago that is used by only three of the thirteen people in his family. He told us that “if a man wants to stay healthy, then he should [defecate] outside,” and that in his village “you’ll find a latrine in everyone’s house, but I don’t want to go in one…I think going in latrines is disgusting.” This man’s beliefs were far from unique. Many of the people that we spoke with in rural Haryana felt similarly.
Diane Coffey
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6 February 2014

Yesterday was my last day with the team in Rewari, Haryana.  Sangita, Nikhil, Nidhi and I had finished up collecting qualitative data to try to understand latrine adoption in the last 10 years.  Thanks to our friendly respondents, many of whom were willing to have their interviews recorded, we have lots of interesting findings about latrine adoption and use, and some really fun quotations.  But the findings of the “switching study” in Haryana will have to wait for another day.

East Asia and Pacific Regional Learning Event
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19 December 2013

We began the day reviewing the institutional factors that are key for scaling up capacity building, amongst which are government commitment and support to creating an enabling environment as well as partnerships between the stakeholders. In their country groups, participants discussed practical steps for capacity building at scale what was new for them from the previous day’s discussion as well as what is relevant to their contexts and what they would still like to know more about. 

East Asia and Pacific Regional Learning Event
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19 December 2013

Yesterday we heard how countries across the region are showing potential for scaling up through expanding successful pilot programmes, forming alliances to deliver WASH programmes, adding sanitation and hygiene initiatives to existing programmes as well as implementing at a larger scale. Today we discussed two particular aspects of sanitation and hygiene programmes that will make universal access more likely: ODF monitoring and sufficient capacity within the sector.

East Asia and Pacific Regional Learning Event
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19 December 2013

Today was the start of a three day Regional Learning event in Thailand on scaling up sanitation and hygiene for East Asia and Pacific, jointly organised by WSP, UNICEF, Plan International and WaterAid. Attending are over 60 participants from 8 countries in the region (PNG, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines).

CLTS events at SACOSAN V
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5 November 2013

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.

Reaching the unreached
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5 November 2013

There was a very appealing session in the SACOSAN V about equity and inclusion: ‘Reaching the unreached’, indeed very adequate for the conference’s motto "Sanitation for All: All for Sanitation".

SACOSAN V
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1 November 2013

The South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN V) kicked off on the 21 October 2013 in Kathmandu. It is a biennial convention providing a platform for interaction on sanitation to South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), enabling learning from past experiences and setting actions for the future.

Group discussion at CLTS workshop, SACOSAN V
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25 October 2013

On the 20th October 2013, a one-day CLTS Sharing and Learning workshop was held in Kathmandu, Nepal, in the run-up to the 5th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN V). We were 45 participants, coming from different countries –with Nepal leading in terms of numbers of participants and India second– and with various degrees and kinds of experience in CLTS.

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