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South Asia

No shame in a simple pit latrine

Diane Coffey

Yesterday was my last day with the team in Rewari, Haryana.  Sangita, Nikhil, Nidhi and I had finished up collecting qualitative data to try to understand latrine adoption in the last 10 years.  Thanks to our friendly respondents, many of whom were willing to have their interviews recorded, we have lots of interesting findings about latrine adoption and use, and some really fun quotations.  But the findings of the “switching study” in Haryana will have to wait for another day.

Sanitation goals

Pakistan faces a crisis that threatens the lives of millions of Pakistanis every year. It is also a crisis which in its resolution offers the potential for increased wealth, health and dignity for the whole country.
This crisis is about access to water and, in particular, sanitation, the most basic of daily human needs, human rights recognised in international conventions to which Pakistan is a signatory. However, they are still out of reach for many ordinary Pakistanis.

An untold story of policy failure: the Total Sanitation Campaign in India

The Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) was a community-led, people-centred, demand-driven and incentive-based programme ideal to address India's rural sanitation crisis, or so it seemed. But policy failed to translate into practice and outcomes were remarkably poor. In the 2011 census data showed 31% sanitation coverage in 2011 (up from 22% in 2001), far from the 68% reported by the Government. The decade has witnessed progress slowing down and the number of rural households without latrines increasing by 8.3 million.

Date: 20 December 2013
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Report from SACOSAN V Conference

SACOSAN V banner

The fifth South Asian Conference on Sanitation –SACOSAN V–  took place in late October 2013 in Kathmandu, Nepal. During four days, 400 delegates from all over the world, though the vast majority from South Asia, had the opportunity to , exchange experiences, learn and network around sanitation. CLTS was also present at SACOSAN V, and not only for being mentioned in some of the conference presentations.

Date: 13 December 2013

A radical approach is changing Nepal's public sanitation

For several months last year, Pramala Balami, 14, went out every morning with a group of other children in her village, looking for people defecating in the open. The Children’s Club in the Chitlang Village Development Committee in Makwanpur district in Nepal was one of the groups mobilized by local authorities in their drive to make their area an open-defecation-free zone.

Children lead Nepal's drive against open-air defecation

For several months last year, Pramala Balami, 14, went out every morning with a group of other children in her village, looking out for people defecating in the open air.

The Children's Club in the Chitlang Village Development Committee in Makwanpur district in central Nepal was one of the groups mobilized by the local authorities in their drive to make their area an open-defecation-free zone.

CLTS events during SACOSAN V: Transforming sanitation and urban CLTS

CLTS events at SACOSAN V

Apart from the pre-conference workshop, there were two CLTS events during the SACOSAN V in Kathmandu.

One was on ‘Transforming sanitation: CLTS around the world’ and attracted a very high attendance. For around one hour, Kamal Kar (CLTS Foundation), Deepak Sanan (CLTS Foundation), Robert Chambers (Institute of Development Studies) and Chris Williams (WSSCC Executive Director) shared their views on how CLTS has evolved and influenced the sanitation sector.

Sacosan V: An overview of the conference and Nepal’s sanitation and hygiene master plan

SACOSAN V

The South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN V) kicked off on the 21 October 2013 in Kathmandu. It is a biennial convention providing a platform for interaction on sanitation to South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), enabling learning from past experiences and setting actions for the future.

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