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Hunger, Subsidies and Process Facilitation: Challenges for Community-Led Total Sanitation in Bangladesh

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Anowarul Haq and Brigitta Bode (2009)

This paper which forms part of the IDS research project Going to Scale? The Potential of Community-led Total Sanitation discusses key dynamics around the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach in CARE Bangladesh’ Nijeder Janyia Nijera (We for Ourselves) project. CLTS is a powerful approach to achieve sanitation and can be used as an entry point to build solidarity and provide a platform for other development initiatives. This paper presents case studies that illustrate the challenges that communities face in maintaining open defecation free (ODF) status as well as strategies to address these. The study was conducted by front line staff, with the assistance of natural leaders, and this report includes their recommendations.

Date: 16 April 2009