Strengthening and Broadening Community-Led Total Sanitation at Scale

The overarching aim of the Hub is to contribute to the dignity, health and wellbeing of children, women and men in the developing world who currently suffer the consequences of inadequate or no sanitation and poor hygiene.


We are committed to supporting Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) to go to scale sustainably and with quality, broadening its scope, accelerating its spread and adding to its momentum as a movement. We do this in collaboration with practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and others in the development, sanitation and related communities, and in governments, international agencies, civil society, research institutes and other organisations.

We are dedicated to understanding the on-the-ground realities of CLTS and to learning about, sharing and promoting good practices, ideas and innovations. We provide spaces for reflection, continuous learning and knowledge exchange and seek to keep the CLTS community well connected and informed.

What we do

We support the scaling up of CLTS with quality and sustainability through:

  • Action learning and networking
  • Co-convening workshops for sharing and learning
  • The CLTS website and bi-monthly newsletter
  • Publications and dissemination, including Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights. This new series offers practical guidance on new methods and approaches, and thinking on broader issues and emerging topics in CLTS.

Key contacts

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Equality and Non-Discrimination (EQND) in Sanitation Programmes at Scale (Part 1 of 2)

Frontiers of CLTS 10 (2017)
House, S., Cavill, S. and Ferron, S.

The Addis Agreement: Using CLTS in Peri-urban and Urban Areas

CLTS Knowledge Hub Learning Paper (2016)
Myers, J., Pasteur, K. and Cavill, S.

CLTS in Post-Emergency and Fragile States Settings

Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights 9 (2016)
Greaves, F.

CLTS and the Right to Sanitation

Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights 8 (2016)
Musembi, C.N. and Musyoki, S.M.

Norms, Knowledge and Usage

Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights 7 (2016)
Chambers, R. and Myers, J.

Breaking the Next Taboo: Menstrual Hygiene within CLTS

Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights 6 (2015)
Roose, S., Rankin, T. and Cavill, S.

Making Sanitation and Hygiene Safer: Reducing Vulnerabilities to Violence

Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights.5 (2015)
House, S. and Cavill, S.

Sustainability and CLTS: taking stock

Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights 4 (2015)
Cavill, S. with Chambers, R. and Vernon, N.

Reframing Undernutrition: Faecally-Transmitted Infections and the 5 As

IDS Working Paper 450 (2014)
Chambers, R. and von Medeazza, G.

Disability: Making CLTS Fully Inclusive

Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights 3 (2014)
Wilbur, J. and Jones, H.

How to Trigger for Handwashing with Soap

Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights 2 (2014)
Maulit, J.A.

Participatory Design Development for Sanitation

Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights 1 (2013)
Cole, B.

Sanitation and Stunting in India: Undernutrition's Blind Spot

Economic and Political Weekly XLVIII.25 (2013)
Chambers, R. and Von Medeazza, G.

CLTS in Africa: Trajectories, Challenges and Moving to Scale

In 'Sanitation and Hygiene in Africa: Where do We Stand? Analysis from the AfricaSan Conference, Kigali, Rwanda' (2013)
Cross, P. and Coombes, Y.

'Lukenya Notes': Taking CLTS to Scale with Quality

Bevan, J. and Maulit, J-A.
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Project Dates:
October 2014 - September 2019
Project Status:
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
Research Themes / Programmes:
Community-led Total Sanitation