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Policy and advocacy for sanitation

Sanitation: Nigeria can be a key world economic player, if ...

Nigeria needs to proactively address sanitation issues for it to be a key world economic player,  United Nations Chilren Education Fund (UNICEF) has said, adding that a country’s sanitation level determines the survival rate of its children.

Read more in the Nigerian Tribune, 22nd October 2013

Nigeria: Communities Strengthen Sanitation, Move to End Open Defecation in Jigawa

Winifred Ogbebo, who visited some communities in Jigawa state recently, writes on the efforts to end open defecation through strengthened sanitation and good hygiene practices, being championed by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) with funding from DFID.

Read more on AllAfrica.com 21st October 2013

Minister Kufuna promotes sanitation and hygiene behaviour change

Local Government and Housing Deputy Minister John Kufuna says behaviour change is cardinal in the promotion of good sanitation and hygiene practices in communities. Mr Kufuna was speaking in Namwala at a National Celebration of Open Defecation Free (ODF) verified villages in Chief Mukobela’s area of the ila people of Namwala District. He said the Government realised that sanitation and hygiene played a big role in achieving public health, economic development and environmental protection for the people of Zambia.

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

Ghana's Government commitss to increasing access to improved sanitation

Recent data indicates that only 15 per cent of Ghanaians have access to improved sanitation. In a speech read for him by Mr Baba Jamal, the Deputy Minister, at the launch of the scaling up of the Community-Led Sanitation programme to the Eastern and Brong Ahafo regions at Suhum, Ghana’s Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Mr Oppong-Fosu said the government is committed to achieving the MDG target, which requires the country to halve the population without access to improved sanitation.


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