Jun 252008
 
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Handbook on community-led total sanitation

How to facilitate community-led total sanitation K. Kar; R. Chambers.  Plan International, 2008

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Basic sanitation services for rural populations (Photo credit: Gates Foundation)

Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) is a participatory process focused on promoting change in sanitation behaviour through social action – stimulated by facilitators from within or outside the community. Aimed at empowering local communities this handbook is a source of ideas and experiences to be used for CLTS orientation workshops, advocacy to stakeholders as well as for implementing CLTS activities. It is intended as a tool for field staff, facilitators and trainers to plan, implement and follow up on CLTS activities.

A sequence of possible steps and tools, including do’s and don’t, are provided to help trigger CLTS in a community. They include:

  • Pre-triggering
    • Selecting a community
    • Introduction and building rapport
  • Triggering
    • Participatory sanitation profile analysis
    • Ignition moment
  • Post-triggering
    • Action planning by the community
  • Follow up
    • Scaling up and going beyond CLTS

Users are encouraged to use and modify the processes outlined in this handbook as they see fit to compliment their given context.

Source: ELDIS

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