Andrés Hueso González

Sanitation in Nakuru’s low-income urban areas

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.

CLTS in Kenya and menstrual hygiene management

Gathering by the CLTS stall at the WEDC Conference in Nakuru

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.).

Food hygiene, monitoring handwashing and the HIV/AIDS-sanitation link

WEDC Conference, Nakuru
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.

Post-2015 WASH indicators and highlights of the Symposium

IRC symposium discussion

The third and last day of the Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium has also been very interesting. We listened to a couple of new presentations, among which the one about post-2015 indicators was the most appealing to me. In addition, we also had the opportunity to reflect on what we had learnt and the key questions we were taking with us.

Equity, the politics of monitoring and smart technology

Participants at one of the sessions of the IRC symposium in Addis Ababa
The second day of the Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium has been really exciting, with a lot of interesting presentations. I want to share here the four ideas that were most appealing to me: The Polictics of Monitoring; Applying an Equity Lens; Heterogeneity in Women's Experience? and The Potential of Using Smartphones in Monitoring Sanitation.

IRC symposium on Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium kicks off in Addis Ababa

Opening session of the IRC symposium
Yesterday (9th April 2013), the Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium, started in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. There are 409 participants from different institutions –international NGOs, governments, academia, consultants– involved in the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) sector, coming from all over the world. Here, I will just share some of the most enlightening insights of my first day.

A hypothesis on the monitoring system in India’s Total Sanitation Campaign

One of the problems of the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) in India has been its flawed monitoring system. The sanitation sector internationally was shocked when recently the sanitation coverage data from the Census were published. The worst fears were surpassed. Between 2001 and 2011, the TSC reported a sanitation increase of 46 points; from 22% to 68%. However, coverage was only 31% in 2011 according to the Census (GoI 2012a). This raises questions about the TSC monitoring system –and about the TSC policy itself, too.

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