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Training and triggers

Concern Universal trains facilitators on CLTS in the Gambia

On Monday 24th February 2014, Concern Universal commenced a four-day intensive training of trainers on Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) at the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) in The Gambia. The training aims to build the capacities facilitators about the genesis, principles and methodology for applying CLTS in their communities. Alfred Gomez, the coordinator of WASH unit at the Department of Health and Education, explained that CLTS is a multi-sectoral issue and that a team of extension workers is needed for effective CLTS implementation in their communities.

CLTS in South Africa

In August 2011 Petra Bongartz who manages the CLTS Knowledge Hub at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex UK and I were invited by the Community Water Supply and Sanitation Unit, Cape Peninsula University of Technology to introduce CLTS in South Africa. The work, supported by the Water Research Commission aimed at piloting CLTS in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.

Trigger: Annual Report for the Pan African CLTS project

Trigger 2012 cover
Trigger is an Annual Report for the Pan African project Empowering self-help sanitation of rural and peri-urban communities and schools in Africa. It includes background information about the project, overviews of the 8 countries’ activities, case studies and progress as well as many interesting photos.
Date: 5 February 2014

Frontières Numéro 2: Comment déclencher le lavage des mains avec du savon

Triggering for handwashing French cover

Le lavage des mains est une composante cruciale d’une bonne hygiène et d’un bon assainissement. Lorsque le concept d’Assainissement total piloté par la communauté (ATPC) et son objectif de communautés FDAL (fin de la défécation à l’air libre) sont parfaitement compris et mis en pratique, il est clair que le lavage des mains est indissociable de l’approche. Sans s’attaquer au lavage des mains et aux autres pratiques d’hygiène, les communautés ne pourront jamais devenir entièrement FDAL car l’ATPC entend couper toutes les voies de contamination fécale-orale.

Date: 20 January 2014

How to Trigger for Handwashing with Soap

Handwashing is a vital part of good sanitation and hygiene. When Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and its aim of ODF (open defecation free) communities are fully understood and put into practice it is clear that handwashing is implicit in the approach. Without addressing handwashing and other hygiene practices, communities can never become fully ODF since CLTS aims to cut all faecal-oral contamination routes. However, in practice, the degree to which handwashing is integrated into triggering and follow up, depends on the quality of facilitation.

Date: 20 January 2014

Scaling-up Sanitation and Hygiene in East Asia and Pacific: Report from the Regional Sanitation Learning Event in Bangkok (December 2013)

Norma from WaterAid PNG presents her MHM project

A three day Regional Learning event on ‘Scaling up Sanitation and Hygiene in the East Asia and Pacific Region’ was held in Bangkok in December 2013. This workshop was jointly organized by UNICEF, WSP, WaterAid and Plan International. Over 60 participants from more than 8 countries in the region (PNG, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines) participated in the event. This meeting builds on the previous learning and sharing of experience at meetings including EaSan III (East Asia Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene, Bali 2012).

Date: 15 January 2014

Always learning

East Asia and Pacific Regional Learning Event

We began the day reviewing the institutional factors that are key for scaling up capacity building, amongst which are government commitment and support to creating an enabling environment as well as partnerships between the stakeholders. In their country groups, participants discussed practical steps for capacity building at scale what was new for them from the previous day’s discussion as well as what is relevant to their contexts and what they would still like to know more about. 

"Shit should have its own house": Impressions from a CLTS training workshop in Calai, Angola

David Kawika leads shit mapping, Angola

In August 2013. SAREP (USAID’s Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program) organized a one week Training of CLTS Facilitators Workshop in Calai, southern Angola. The Angola workshop was the third in a series of CLTS training events held in the three countries the SAREP initiative is working in (Botswana, Namibia and Angola)..

Read more about the training in Calai, Angola in this account by Ross Kidd, Pusuletso Kidd and Gomolemo Mokete.


Date: 30 October 2013

Inhabitants of Tinto Council Area Benefit from Improved Hygiene and Sanitation Schemes through CLTS

For the past decades hygienic conditions have been a major health menace to the population of the Tinto council area in Manyu division of the South West Region of Cameroon. Therefore an intense CLTS campaign was launched to improve the water, sanitation and hygiene conditions and thereby the health and wellbeing of the over 10.000 people living in the area. 

Read about CLTS in Cameroon

Date: 24 October 2013


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