Mary Namwebe

Setting the scene for open defecation free communities in Zambia and beyond

This week Plan International WASH Advisors, IDS, IRC, Plan Netherlands,Plan UK and Plan USA have converged in Lusaka to deliberate on shit. It has been interesting to see how different countries have progressed over the four years of implementing CLTS. The experiences from the participants reveal that gender is critical in CLTS because we need to engage women, men and children to make decisions on sanitation as well as address their specific needs.

Reflections from the Pan Africa project annual review meeting in Lilongwe (Day 1)

Participants at the annual review meeting of the Pan Africa project in Lilongwe

From the 11th to the 15th March 2013, the third annual review meeting of Plan’s Pan African programme Empowering self-help sanitation of rural and peri-urban communities and schools in Africa took place in Lilongwe, Malawi. Participants from 7 of the 8 programme countries as well as representatives of the partner organisations (Plan Netherlands, IRC and IDS) spent the week discussing progress of the 5 year project as well as key emerging issues, questions and next steps.

Open defecation free takes centre stage in Mtalika village in Malawi

From the 6th to the 10th August 2012, IDS is convening an international workshop on CLTS Monitoring, Verification, Learning and Information Management in Lilongwe, Malawi. The aim of this specialised workshop is to bring together government and other actors to share learning.
Participants of the workshop are blogging about their learning, insights and reflections on the meeting this week.

The little and simple things we do make a difference!

As part of the agenda for day two at the Annual Review meeting of the Pan African CLTS Program, action learning and research has been highlighted as a key component for the program in order to facilitate documentation, experience sharing and scaling up of CLTS. It was also emphasized that action learning is a continuous process; it involves observing, reflecting, documenting and sharing.

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