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Raising the CLTS bar: a case study from Bankura, West Bengal

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Having learnt a lot from Malda and Cooch Behar about scaling up the CLTS approach, the Centre for Sustainable Solutions in Social Welfare started a pilot in the district of Bankura in West Bengal. There was a theory in the state, much promoted by an agency implementing the national sanitation programme in the adjoining district of Purulia, that while the CLTS approach worked in the districts of Malda and Cooch Behar, it would not work in the twin districts of Bankura and Purulia. People would simply not be able to construct their latrines on their own in these 'backward'[sic] districts and that people in these dry districts would not want to carry water for use in their latrines and thus usage of latrines could not be guaranteed. However, communities in this remote block surprised everyone with the quality of their constructions. Read more in the case study below.

Date: 28 April 2017