CLTS CONFERENCE: INSIGHTS ON SUSTAINABILITY AND SCALING UP

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Melissa Leach, director of the STEPS Centre and several of the Centre’s members, opened the third and final day of the CLTS Conference with a session giving some insights on CLTS and the key issues going forward from a STEPS perspective. Photo: Gerry Bloom / Julia Day STEPS has…

CLTS CONFERENCE: PHOTO ALBUM

Have a look at photos from the CLTS conference on our Flickr photostream

THE IMPACT OF GLOBAL FINANCIAL TURMOIL ON CHINESE VILLAGES

By XIAOYUN LIANG and ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre From 29 November to 2 December 2008, we went to two villages in Tianmen county, Hubei province, in the middle of China. The aim was to revisit the field site of the STEPS Centre Rethinking Regulation project, to check the preliminary findings from the first visit in…

CLTS CONFERENCE: RAPID ZAMBIAN SUCCESS

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member An astounding story of success – and the potential of CLTS – came courtesy of Peter Harvey, chief, water and environmental sanitation, Unicef in Zambia. Photo: A Natural Leader from Ndeke B, Zambia, explains the village CLTS action plan / Petra Bongartz Mr Harvey said he was initially very…

CLTS CONFERENCE: THE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member We move to the Africa this morning, where CLTS exists in 22 countries but is relatively new compared to the approach’s history in Asia. Amsalu Negussie, Water and Sanitation Advisor, Plan International, East and Southern Africa, gave us an overview of the sanitation situation in this very diverse continent…

CLTS CONFERENCE: SANITATION TIPPING POINT

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Robert Chambers, research associate at Institute of Development Studies, opened the conference by saying it was an opportunity for insights, ideas and for maximising learning. The three stages of participatory methodologies come in to play when talking about CLTS, said Robert. The first stage is excitement and a huge…

CLTS CONFERENCE: FOCUS ON SANITATION

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Eight years after the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach for mobilising communitites to build their own toilets was pioneered, over 60 delegates have gathered together to discuss how much progress has been made in stopping open defecation. It is the last major event of the International Year of Sanitation,…

EPIDEMICS: UNDERSTANDING DISEASE DYNAMICS

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Uncontrolled outbreaks of disease have always had the power to terrify. In recent years, such fears have grown to include the spectre of pandemic influenza, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and virulent hemorrhagic fevers. Globally, changes in land use, migration, food production, and human/animal interaction are contributing to a startling rise…

WHAT DOES PERI-URBAN SUSTAINABILITY MEAN IN THE CONTEXT OF DELHI?

By FIONA MARSHALL, STEPS Centre member At a recent workshop in Delhi, academics and civil society groups discussed the STEPS Centre peri-urban sustainability project, as part of a joint workshop with LSEs climate change research centre, in collaboration with the Institute of Economic Growth supported by the Indian Council of Social Science Research and with…