During the past decade countries in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region have lifted more than 50 million people out of poverty, yet half of the rural population in the region still lacks access to sanitation and approximately 20% to drinking water. In January 2012, policy makers, scholars and practitioners from 9 LAC countries came together in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to explore the opportunities and challenges of integrating in a more systematic and sustainable way the promotion of hygiene and sanitation behavioral change into water and sanitation investments.
Author: Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)/World Bank
This set of case studies address the various components of the GSF programme through real life stories. Behavior change and awareness creation in sanitary practice, demand generation, strengthened supply chain, and challenges of sustainability in investments and behaviours are highlighted.
The Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) in India has been raising awareness on the importance of sanitary hygiene practices and use of latrines in rural areas of Jharkhand, Bihar and Assam. NRMC India, Executing Agency of GSF in India, recognises the importance of public dialogue on this matter. This issue shares some of NRMC's work with the media and updates on programme activities. Articles by Indira Khurana and Swati Sahi in mainstream media are reproduced for wider sharing. The centerpiece of this newsletter is Anand Shekhar, Team Leader GSF India, in conversation with OneWorld South Asia on challenges of bringing people sustainable santitaton.
This briefing paper highlights some of the complex factors relating to equitable access to sanitation in South Asia, by illustrating case studies from countries across the region. It analyses barriers to access through the lens of social, economic, political, geographic, environmental and administrative factors.
From 08:00 to 08:50 on 9 October, in conjunction with the Budapest Water Summit 2013, WSSCC and the Governments of The Netherlands and Switzerland will host a special breakfast side event entitled “Behavior Change – Sustainable Investment in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene”.
SNV, a sub-grantee of the Global Sanitation Fund in Cambodia, is working in close cooperation with the government partners, community groups and other stakeholders in the five provinces of Kampong Cham, Takeo, Svay Rieng, Kampong Speu and Kandal to improve the health and quality of life for the rural households through enhanced access to improved sanitation and hygiene practices.
The GSF progamme in India is working over five years in select districts in the States of Assam, Bihar and Jharkhand. The GSF programme strategy is to support and strengthen the national sanitation programme – the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) – and its goal of achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) status for all Gram Panchayats by 2022.