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Innovative Bangladesh: CLTS Sharing and Learning at the 6th SACOSAN Conference in Dhaka

Regional CLTS sharing and learning workshop, Sunday 10 January 2016: Innovative Bangladesh!
The traditional pre-SAN gathering of CLTS practitioners and enthusiasts brought together an interesting and eclectic group in Dhaka, with a notably large and welcome presence by the Afghanistan delegation. The focus of the first session was on innovation and new learning. While always difficult to focus the group’s attention tightly on new learning, several interesting new developments were highlighted.

The Dhaka Declaration

An important change agreed upon is the creation of a SACOSAN Secretariat and a Working Group, to facilitate communication and horizontal learning between the biennial conferences. The Sri Lankan government has volunteered to host the Secretariat.

Another point in the declaration is to reach out to other multi-country fora with information and advocacy for sanitation improvement. SAARC, the regional coalition,  was specifically mentioned; and a SAARC representative spoke in the concluding ceremony.

Reporting from SACOSAN VI

The eight large and small countries involved in these biennial South Asia Sanitation Conferences (SACOSAN) differ in important ways. The Maldives is an island nation. Bhutan and Nepal are mountainous areas. Bangladesh’s, Afghanistan’s, and Pakistan’s populations are majority Muslim. India, of course, is the largest and most diverse. And Sri Lanka may be the most advanced in terms of literacy and other development indicators.  Sri Lanka has recently experienced civil war and a tsunami, which also hit the Maldives. Nepal had a terrible earthquake last spring.

Activities for Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) Campaigns: An a la Carte Menu for District Collectors and Others

These practical ideas for activities and actions are for champions who commit to the objectives of the SBM(G) – especially District Collectors, Magistrates and Zila Parishad CEOs, BDOs and also others at other levels and in other organisations. All involved in campaigns should be able to add to and improve on what follows from their own activities and experiences.
Date: 23 October 2015
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Notes for Convening, Facilitating and Following up on Rapid Action Learning and Sharing Workshops

These notes are based on experience convening, facilitating and following up on rural sanitation workshops in India in the past few years.  The most recent has been in Bhopal in August 2015. There it was in support of the Government’s policy in rural sanitation of Rapid Action Learning and Sharing.  The focus was on identifying and sharing innovations.

Date: 14 October 2015
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