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Dr. Kamal Kar, the well known founder of and advocate for the CLTS approach, has been busy lately. In addition to heavy involvement in the Global Forum in Mumbai, where CLTS was a key topic of discussion and interest, he has been working with the Global Sanitation Fund programme in Madagascar, where he recently led train-the-trainer sessions for GSF programme sub-grantees in the country. We took a few minutes to capture some of Dr. Kar’s thoughts.
Were you surprised to see such a level of interest in Community-Led Total Sanitation at the WSSCC Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene?
We are pleased to see the growing interest on CLTS at a global level. The pace of scaling up and expanding CLTS across many African nations is a fascinating phenomenon. It was overwhelming to see the levels of interest in CLTS by almost all the African countries that participated in the Third AfricaSan conference held in Kigali, Rwanda in July. The same level of high interest in CLTS was reflected in the Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene in Mumbai, India. As I have been involved in rolling out CLTS in many parts of Africa, through hands-on training, capacity building and advocacy, it was great to meet people from government, international NGOs, national NGOs, bilateral and multilateral organizations who are interested in and really see the potential of CLTS. The Global Forum gave us an opportunity to evaluate the success of CLTS - take stock and look forward. In addition, the CLTS Foundation had a stall at the Forum, and we met numerous participants that expressed their interest in developing partnerships, capacity building, scaling- up and the institutionalization of CLTS in their respective countries, which was great! As a result, our organization is actively seeking to train people who will work directly with communities on CLTS.
In your opinion, who would make an ideal candidate for CLTS training?
It is important to be selective in inviting people to train on CLTS and this depends on the extent to which their jobs interact with communities. It is important to train people who work and engage directly with the communities, as well as those directly or indirectly involved in programme implementation and/or management and national- level trainers.
I would recommend a short exposure training which would be more suitable for senior-level decision and policy makers, donor organizations and financing institutions. Training targeted towards the right audience is very important. Therefore the CLTS Foundation is looking to collect basic information on the kind of work potential participants are involved in, and designing training modules accordingly. CLTS is not necessary for everyone.
What advice are you giving to people who have already expressed interest in training?
I have received queries from participants from the CLTS session at the Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene and have asked them to join the CLTS Foundation mailing list for future training opportunities. CLTS Foundation will be facilitating training workshops in different parts of Africa and Asia in the coming months. In the meantime, we are also collaborating with WSSCC to help garner further interest in our future trainings, on the back on the success of CLTS training in Madagascar.
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