Guidance on Programming for Rural Sanitation

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Following a joint review of rural sanitation approaches UNICEF, Plan International and WaterAid have developed guidance resources on how to design, cost and implement programmes for programme policy-makers, planners and implementers.

  • This guidance is intended to encourage the development of rural sanitation programmes that:
  • Align with and support government objectives, enhance government leadership and strengthen country systems;
  • Enable large-scale and area-wide implementation (aiming for universal access);
  • Achieve equitable and sustainable outcomes and services(including all aspects of the SDG sanitation goal, and wider government sanitation and hygiene objectives);
  • Encourage evidence-based and learning-responsive programming (designed for context and for adaptive management); and
  • Produce lessons and evidence that inform national policy, programming and practice.

The guidance resources below aim to use and build on existing guidance and sector materials wherever possible. The intention of the guidance is to bring together current knowledge and recent thinking on how best to achieve the sanitation SDG in a user-friendly format.

[The costing framework provides a set of cost categories (based on programme activities) that is designed to encourage comprehensive cost tracking and reporting in rural sanitation and hygiene programmes. The framework (which is in the format of an excel spreadsheet for handy use) was tested and refined by the partner organisations and is to be used in conjunction with the Guidance on the Costing of Rural Sanitation Approaches.]

Date: 14 March 2019
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