World Toilet Day: timely reminder of the global sanitation crisis

Published on 18 November 2016

Held every year on 19 November, World Toilet Day aims raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis, which affects 2.4 billion people around the world. Although commitments to clean water and sanitation are enshrined in Sustainable Development Goal 6, the topic is often neglected and shrouded in taboos.

At IDS, much of our work around sanitation has been focussed on Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS), an approach original pioneered in Bangladesh by Dr Kamal Kar, now an Honorary Associate at IDS.

The CLTS methodology, based on a no-subsidy policy rooted in community empowerment and mobilisation, has radically transformed global sanitation policy focus from toilet construction to the process of collective behavioural change. It has spread to over 69 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America where more than 40 million people are now living in open defecation free environments.

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IDS and partner publications address both underlying theoretical debates and provide practical advice around CLTS.

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