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CLTS Week…. Let’s deal with ‘Shit’ in Africa

I am in Lusaka Zambia participating in the Pan African Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) annual Network meeting. The first day was really exciting for me… first because I got to meet enthusiastic CLTS champions from East and West Africa and secondly, this year’s meeting is UNIQUE  because we have participation of the Zambian government staff, partners, and a traditional leader (Chief) from one of the communities where Plan Zambia is implementing CLTS!

Cheap versus clean: How urban dwellers of Ashaiman share the few toilets available in town


While the world’s attention is on Sochi’s shared toilets, there are still 2.6 billion people worldwide without access to improved sanitation facilities. With a globally growing urban population, shared sanitation seems to be a pragmatic way of increasing coverage except for the fact that the JMP (Joint Monitoring Programme) does not consider such facilities as “improved”.

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

CLTS events during SACOSAN V: Transforming sanitation and urban CLTS

CLTS events at SACOSAN V

Apart from the pre-conference workshop, there were two CLTS events during the SACOSAN V in Kathmandu.

One was on ‘Transforming sanitation: CLTS around the world’ and attracted a very high attendance. For around one hour, Kamal Kar (CLTS Foundation), Deepak Sanan (CLTS Foundation), Robert Chambers (Institute of Development Studies) and Chris Williams (WSSCC Executive Director) shared their views on how CLTS has evolved and influenced the sanitation sector.

Why Wait in the Queue? How Kenya’s Slum Dwellers are Reclaiming their Toilets

In Mathare, a large slum in Nairobi, lack of sanitation is one of the major problems facing the 600,000 inhabitants. The Kenyan government constructed public latrines here decades ago but the Nairobi City Council failed to maintain or clean them, leading to dilapidation. The slum’s citizens therefore took the maintenance of the latrines – each of which serves over 1,000 people every day – into their own hands.


Annual Progress Report for 'Empowering self-help sanitation of rural and peri-urban communities and schools in Africa'

sanitation sensitisation in a school in Niger
This annual narrative report describes progress against the overall programme objectives and at country level, outlining challenges and lessons learned as part of Plan's eight country Pan African programme.
Date: 30 August 2013

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

Sanitation in Nakuru’s low-income urban areas

We had two very interesting activities on our last day at the WEDC conference in Nakuru, Kenya. In the morning, we made an exciting visit to a Rhonda area in Nakuru, in order to learn about the initiatives of Practical Action and Umande Trust there. In the evening, we had a side-event called ‘CLTS: taking stock, challenges, innovations, and ways forward’, where CLTS practitioners from different countries shared innovations that were being implemented in their areas.


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