Monitoring and sustainability

CLTS Sharing and Learning workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal: sustainability, M&E and sanitation marketing

Group discussion at CLTS workshop, SACOSAN V

On the 20th October 2013, a one-day CLTS Sharing and Learning workshop was held in Kathmandu, Nepal, in the run-up to the 5th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN V). We were 45 participants, coming from different countries –with Nepal leading in terms of numbers of participants and India second– and with various degrees and kinds of experience in CLTS.

Reflections from World Water Week 2013

Robert Chambers

I enjoyed World Water Week.  There were some good sessions, old friends and new people to meet, and a lot to learn.  This year the theme was Water Cooperation: Building Partnerships.  The bias to water was understandable but if anything stronger than usual – my rough count is that about one session in ten was on sanitation or WASH, but that was enough to keep you busy as sessions ran in parallel and much of the time there was something relevant to go to. 

Pathways to Sustainability in Community-Led Total Sanitation. Experiences from Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh

Inspecting latrines
India’s rural Total Sanitation Campaign (1999-2012) in India was considered a complete failure due to its poor results and the millions of ‘missing latrines’. In the light of the shortcomings of the campaign, different actors tried to introduce the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach in the country. However, as a result of opposition at the national level, only specific districts in certain states tried the approach. Many of these experiences were claimed to be very successful, but the evidence base of these claims was weak. Did they actually manage to introduce the CLTS in these areas? Did it yield good results? Are these sustainable?
Date: 29 August 2013
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CLTS at the 36th WEDC International Conference (Report)

WEDC Conference, Nakuru

Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) had a strong presence at the WEDC conference in Nakuru, Kenya. The CLTS Knowledge Hub hosted a number of events throughout the week, which are described in this report.  New innovations came to light, and exciting discussions were had both during the sessions, and at the CLTS exhibition stall, which was a key focal point for all people interested in CLTS.  Dr Kamal Kar gave a powerful keynote speech in the opening plenary which brought CLTS to the minds of all conference participants from the outset.

Date: 29 August 2013

Using participatory design to develop latrine options in Malawi

Creating prototypes to explore the design options
In 2011, UNICEF Malawi decided to apply social marketing tools to improve and enhance their existing CLTS program. The CLTS program had demonstrated great advances in improving sanitation coverage. However, reports were coming into the office that households were continuing to struggle with poor product designs that collapsed after a short time-in-use.

Food hygiene, monitoring handwashing and the HIV/AIDS-sanitation link

WEDC Conference, Nakuru
The 36th WEDC International Conference kicked off on the 1st July with the theme ‘Delivering Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services in an Uncertain Environment’. The opening plenary included a keynote address by Kamal Kar, who presented the current sanitation crisis and the potential of CLTS to tackle it. After that, papers were presented in several parallel sessions which covered different topics.

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