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Robert Chambers
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12 September 2013

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. 

Creating prototypes to explore the design options
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29 July 2013
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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11 July 2013

We had two very interesting activities on our last day at the WEDC conference in Nakuru, Kenya. In the morning, we made an exciting visit to a Rhonda area in Nakuru, in order to learn about the initiatives of Practical Action and Umande Trust there. In the evening, we had a side-event called ‘CLTS: taking stock, challenges, innovations, and ways forward’, where CLTS practitioners from different countries shared innovations that were being implemented in their areas.

Gathering by the CLTS stall at the WEDC Conference in Nakuru
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11 July 2013

Our third day at the WEDC conference in Nakuru started with an open meeting at the CLTS stall. As those who participated were primarily from Kenya, most of the discussion dealt with sanitation in the country.

The first topic discussed was the need of political commitment at higher levels if CLTS is to be rolled out at the country level. When it is in place, solutions are quickly found to the ‘common’ obstacles CLTS faces when scaling up (lack of capacity, human resources etc.).

WEDC Conference, Nakuru
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3 July 2013

From our second day of the WEDC Conference in Nakuru, Kenya, I would like to highlight two outstanding papers presented, namely Bell’s research about sanitation approaches in India and Cole’s insights from a participatory design experience in Malawi.

WEDC Conference, Nakuru
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2 July 2013
The 36th WEDC International Conference kicked off on the 1st July with the theme ‘Delivering Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services in an Uncertain Environment’. The opening plenary included a keynote address by Kamal Kar, who presented the current sanitation crisis and the potential of CLTS to tackle it. After that, papers were presented in several parallel sessions which covered different topics.
Participants at the Nakuru workshop
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1 July 2013

Yesterday (30th June 2013), we had a CLTS Sharing and Learning workshop in Nakuru, Kenya, in the run-up of the 36th WEDC International Conference, about which I will blog starting from tomorrow.

Livingstone Kentshitswe, one of the trainers, demonstrating how to facilitate shit mapping
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12 June 2013
We have just returned from an exciting and truly inspiring CLTS workshop in the Caprivi region of Namibia.
UCLTS Training in Mathare
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6 June 2013
The Urban CLTS programme in Mathare has attracted a lot of interest from other organisations and the government. Since the last training we conducted for the City Council of Nairobi officers there has been tremendous progress in communities.
WSSCC poster: In some countries women risk rape when going to the toilet
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17 May 2013
Globally it is estimated that up to 70% of women will face gender based violence at some point in their lifetime. Gender based violence is a widespread and complex issue rooted in power differences and structural inequality between men and women. So why look at this issue from the perspective of the WASH professional?

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