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Process Recorder Form

One page tool that gives guidance on what information may be useful to record during triggering to help extension with follow up.

Developed by Ashley Raeside (EWB) together with the CLTS management teams from Salima and Mzimba District.

Date: 8 February 2010

Hygiene education for a village in Mali

The village of Fadieda was one of 15 villages selected by UNICEF and the Ministry of Environment and Sanitation to change the way it approaches sanitation. Using a community-led approach to sanitation, Fadieda’s villagers have built no fewer than 40 latrines in less than a month and Fadieda has become the first village to receive an ‘Open Air Defecation Free’ status.

Read more and watch a short film about the story of Fadieda

Date: 4 January 2010

Papers on CLTS from the West Africa Regional Sanitation and Hygiene Symposium, 3-5 November 2009, Accra, Ghana

The bi-lingual West Africa Regional Symposium on Sanitation and Hygiene (3-5 Nov 2009, Accra, Ghana) brought together about 140 participants from 17 countries. It was jointly organised by the Resource Centre Network Ghana, UNICEF, West Africa Water Initiative (WAWI), WaterAid, and IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, and supported by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council.

Date: 4 December 2009

Sustainability and equity aspects of total sanitation programmes: A study of recent WaterAid-supported programmes in three countries

Over 2008/09, WaterAid completed a multi-country research study exploring sustainability and equity aspects of community led sanitation initiatives (Community led total sanitation, CLTS) in Bangladesh, Nepal and Nigeria.

The purpose of the study was to contribute to the global understanding of community-wide open defecation-free approaches, with a focus on the extent to which these approaches result in sustained and equitable improvements in sanitation behaviour. The study tested the hypothesis that:

Date: 30 November 2009

Towards total sanitation: Socio-cultural barriers and triggers to total sanitation in West Africa

WaterAid (2009)
This report documents the results of studies on open defecation in rural communities and the cultural values that reinforce its practise carried out by WaterAid in four West African countries — Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, and Nigeria.

Date: 24 November 2009


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