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Urban community-led total sanitation: a potential way forward for co-producing sanitation services

Community-led total sanitation (CLTS) has been proved to be a successful strategy for tackling the challenge of open defecation in poor rural communities across Africa and Asia. This article explores whether a similar approach can be used in peri-urban and urban areas to help co-produce sanitation facilities and services with inputs from communities, duty bearers, and other sanitation stakeholders. It is argued that an urban CLTS approach does not mean a copy and paste of tools and methods which have proved successful in the rural environment but following a set of similar principles.

Date: 6 December 2016

Challenges and opportunities for inclusive and sustainable WASH

Great strides have been made in improving sanitation in many developing countries, not least through CLTS, an innovative method developed to address the behaviours behind ongoing open defecation. CLTS has spread rapidly over the last 16 years and is now present in over 60 different countries. However recent research shows that more thinking and action is needed to ensure that sanitation efforts are sustainable and inclusive.

Free webinar on using a CLTS approach in urban and peri-urban areas

On Thursday 6th October from 11.30am-13.00 GMT (convert to your local time) the CLTS Knowledge Hub will be hosting a free webinar on urban CLTS.
Although Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) was designed for and is predominantly being used in rural settings, there are a growing number of cases that have adopted a CLTS approach in peri-urban and urban areas.

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Report from CLTS Sharing and Learning at WEDC 39 in Ghana

As part of the 39th WEDC International Conference, the CLTS Knowledge Hub hosted a one day CLTS Sharing and Learning workshop on Sunday 10th July 2016 in Kumasi, Ghana.  Participants from a range of different countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Niger, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe shared their experiences,  innovations, challenges and knowledge gaps in CLTS and WASH more generally.

Date: 1 August 2016

Plan Netherlands’ experience of using a CLTS approach in urban environments

Plan International’s eight country Pan Africa programme, though predominately focused on rural CLTS, also trialled CLTS tools in peri-urban and urban communities with the hope that country specific urban total sanitation models would be developed. Jamie Myers, Research Officer for the CLTS Knowledge Hub which was a partner in the Pan African CLTS programme, conducted rapid action orientated research on the peri-urban and urban activities across four countries – Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.

Date: 20 July 2016

Using a CLTS approach in peri-urban and urban environments

The CLTS Knowledge Hub at the Institute of Development Studies, with the help of Plan International Ethiopia, convened a three day workshop in Addis Ababa. The workshop titled ‘Using a CLTS approach in peri-urban and urban environments’ brought together people who had been involved in urban CLTS programmes to share their varied experiences and discuss what added value a CLTS approach can bring to the urban context..

Date: 1 July 2016

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