Monitoring and sustainability

Report from the CLTS and Scaling-up Rural Sanitation Side-Event at EASAN 3, Bali

From the 8th-9th September 2012, a learning workshop on CLTS and scaling up rural sanitation in the East Asia and Pacific Region was held in Bali. The workshop, organised by Jejaring AMPL Indonesia, the CLTS team at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Plan International, UNICEF, WaterAid, WSP and WSSCC, was a side event prior to the EASAN3 Conference. Over 60 participants from 14 countries participated in the side event. The workshop’s aim was to create a stronger community of practice for CLTS and rural sanitation in the region, and hence ensure quality expansion and scale-up of community-led approaches for sanitation and hygiene.
Date: 18 October 2012

Improving data collection and reporting

My attention during the workshop was caught by a joint presentation made by Indonesian government officials and Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) on Improving Data Collection and Reporting in East Java. Use of short message service (SMS) to monitor the progress of household access to improved sanitation was not only interesting but also a learning point where I thought we can adopt the same system in Malawi through arrangement with a Mobile Phone Service Provider.

Taking monitoring to scale: sharing in Malawi

From the 6th to the 10th August, development practitioners and government representatives from 17 countries gathered in Lilongwe, Malawi to discuss opportunities, experiences and challenges in Monitoring and Evaluating (M&E) for Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS). The question driving the workshop was: As national governments around the world begin to take CLTS to scale, how do we simultaneously scale up Monitoring and Evaluation methodologies and tools to meet information gaps and capture the right evidence to track progress and inform improved programming?

Using ICT to track outcomes

From the 6th to the 10th August 2012, IDS is convening an international workshop on CLTS Monitoring, Verification, Learning and Information Management in Lilongwe, Malawi. The aim of this specialised workshop is to bring together government and other actors to share learning.
Participants of the workshop are blogging about their learning, insights and reflections on the meeting this week.

Information and Communication Technology for Monitoring: exciting discussions in Lilongwe

From the 6th to the 10th August 2012, IDS is convening an international workshop on CLTS Monitoring, Verification, Learning and Information Management in Lilongwe, Malawi. The aim of this specialised workshop is to bring together government and other actors to share learning.
Participants of the workshop are blogging about their learning, insights and reflections on the meeting this week.

Impressions from Nanded: Three variations of urban CLTS meet

India’s population accounts for approximately 1/7th of the world’s population. The Government of India has the immense challenge of governing and providing services for over 1.2 billion people. As we were touching down in Mumbai on the 14th March 2012, and the infamous smell of the city hit our noses, I was reminded of the enormity of the task of governance and service provision for 1/7th of the world.

Reflections on India's enormous sanitation challenges and some opportunities

I was in Delhi recently. It was great meeting people. There was much debate and discussion going on about sanitation and hygiene. These are much higher up the public agenda than before. And the new Minister, Jairam Ramesh, was spoken of highly by everyone. If anyone can make a difference through political leadership, perhaps he can.

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