In January 2008, a group of 53 South Asian practitioners in a Dhaka workshop organised by IRC, WaterAid and BRAC with support from WSSCC, shared some interesting experiences on conducting rural and urban sanitation and hygiene programmes in their region. While the workshop, entitled ‘Beyond Construction, Use by All’, was a gathering of practitioners, much of what they discussed had far-reaching policy and strategy implications.
For one, the speed of urbanisation coupled with the growing scale of the urban slums accounts for an ever-increasing amount of faeces let loose in the urban environment. A lot of work is ongoing to find the most effective and efficient way of collecting the faeces, but not enough emphasis is placed on the rest of the sanitation chain, i.e. storage, disposal, treatment, etc. In rural areas, the current success of demand-driven approaches requires a stable supply chain and sufficient service providers, but needs a strong system of quality control, to ensure programmes really reach the poorest of the poor. In general, it became clear that too little is known about the actual cost of sanitation and hygiene programmes, when taking into account hardware, software, and so-called project overheads, such as costs for planning, management and staff.
An interview with Alex Manyasi, WSSCC National Coordinator in Kenya By Kevin Mwanza and Sheba Odondi NAIROBI, Kenya – Of Kenya’s population of over 50 million people, an estimated one in ten (five million) still practice open defecation, and more than seven in ten have no hand-washing facilities with soap and water at home. These […]
By Francesca Nava GENEVA – As part of a campaign to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the universal recognition of the human rights to water and sanitation, WSSCC is supporting Mr Léo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation, to feature “friends of the human rights to water and sanitation” throughout […]
“Leave No One Behind” workshop addresses inequality on poor access to toilets and menstrual facilities By Prince Mukherjee RISHIKESH, India, – A growing sense of exclusion from the rest of the community is palpable as hundreds of marginalized people in India speak openly about the availability of toilets and menstrual facilities and matters of water […]
‘Clean Nigeria: Use the toilet’ campaign scores an achievement in Gwer East By Machrine Birungi and United Purpose GENEVA, Benue State – On 19 December, 2019, the people of Gwer East Local Government Area (LGA) in Benue state of Nigeria celebrated a spectacular achievement. The area was declared open defecation free (ODF), implying that the […]