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Tales of Shit: Community-Led Total Sanitation in Africa (PLA 61)

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Participatory Learning and Action Notes Issue 61 focuses on Community-led Total Sanitation in Africa.

Where do you shit? In developing countries, the answer may determine whether you live or die. Around 2.6 billion people defecate in the open. The consequences are dire: shit carries disease and is a major killer. Recently, a radical new participatory approach called Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) has encouraged millions of people to look at, talk about and tackle the problems caused by open defecation. Communities analyse their hygiene habits and practices and mobilise to take collective action to totally sanitise their environments. Following its development and spread in Asia, CLTS is now being piloted in Africa, and this special issue of PLA Notes draws on this growing body of experience. (lire le paragraphe ci-dessus en français)

Guest editors: Petra Bongartz, Samuel Musembi Musyoki, Angela Milligan and Holly Ashley

  • Multimedia bilingual (English/French) DVD-ROM forthcoming (May 2011)


Editorial, Glossary of CLTS acronyms, terms and definitions, International Glossary of Shit and Theme issue abstracts

  • Theme Section: Tales Of Shit: Community-Led Total Sanitation In Africa

1. Overview: Tales Of Shit: Community-Led Total Sanitation in Africa
Petra Bongartz, Samuel Musembi Musyoki, Angela Milligan and Holly Ashley

2. Scaling up CLTS in sub-Saharan Africa
Sophie Hickling and Jane Bevan

  • Part I: Community-Level Processes

3. Freeing the imagination: innovations in CLTS facilitation in Zimbabwe
Herbert Kudzanai Chimhowa

4. Walking down the forbidden lane: ‘shit talk’ promotes sanitation
Mariama Munia Zombo

5. From amazzi to amazi: it’s not a water problem
Terry A. Wolfer and Robin W. Kloot

6. Breaking shit taboos: CLTS in Kenya
Buluma Bwire

7. CLTS in East Africa: a path to child and youth empowerment?
Cathy Shutt

  • Part II: Management/Organisational Changes

8. Participatory development approaches need participatory management!
Ashley Raeside

9. Adopting CLTS. Is your organisation ready? Analysing organisational Requirements
Jean-François Soublière

  • Part III: Going To Scale

10. Revolutionising sanitation in Zambia-scaling up CLTS
Giveson Zulu, Peter Harvey and Leonard Mukosha

11. Challenging mindsets: CLTS and government policy in Zimbabwe
Samuel Rukuni

12. Scaling up CLTS in Kenya: opportunities, challenges and lessons
Samuel Musembi Musyoki

13. Shit travels fast: towards a global CLTS network
Petra Bongartz

  • Part IV: Tips For Trainers

14. A note for trainers, facilitators and those commissioning CLTS training
Samuel Musembi Musyoki

15. Triggering: an extract from the Handbook on Community-Led Total Sanitation
Kamal Kar with Robert Chambers

16. Let’s write! Running a participatory writeshop
Angela Milligan and Petra Bongartz

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Date: 5 November 2010
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