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,…

WORLD WATER WEEK: SANITATION SCANDAL

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Sanitation was dubbed “one of the biggest scandals of all time” by the UN’s water chief this week as World Water Week got underway in Stockholm. At a time when billions of people live without sustainable access to safe drinking water or suffer ill health due to poor sanitation,…

LIQUID DYNAMICS: WORLD SANITATION & HYGIENE WEEK

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The effects of recurring floods and droughts, the deaths of 6,000 babies daily from waterborne diseases and growing sanitation problems in booming peri-urban and urban centres. No act of terrorism generates devastation on the scale of the crisis in water and sanitation. Despite growing global attention to water and…

DEATH BY WATER

The Guardian’s economics editor Larry Elliott turns his attention to sanitation today, in particular, the situation in Bangladesh. “The vacuum [of action on sanitation] needs to be filled – by western governments and by aid organisations – and not just for Bangladesh but for all the even poorer countries in sub-Saharan Africa where sanitation is…

NO SHIT! IT’S WORLD TOILET DAY

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Nevermind the headline, what’s important about the 19 November is that it’s World Toilet Day – a day to focus on the humble, yet vitally important, toilet, and to raise awareness of the global sanitation crisis. (Photo: CLTS, Bangladesh) And crisis it is: 2.6 billion people – half the…

WORLD WATER DAY 2007: STEPS CENTRE PODCAST

The STEPS Centre is marking World Water Day 2007 with its first podcast, in which STEPS member and IDS Fellow, Lyla Mehta, and IDS Research Associate, Robert Chambers, talk about what they believe are the most pressing issues for water and sanitation. Click here to listen to the STEPS Centre podcast (5.21 mins, 3MB) Subscribe…

WORLD WATER DAY 2007: TOP FIVE PRIORITIES

By STEPS Centre and Institute of Development Studies researchers To mark World Water Day 2007, IDS researchers set out what they believe are the five top priorities that need to be addressed if we are to cope with water scarcity. Investing in rainfed agriculture: Upgrading rainfed areas has high potential both for food production and…