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Elaine Mercer

Communications and Networking Officer

As Communications and Networking Officer within the CLTS Knowledge Hub, Elaine leads the communications and networking activities for the hub – encouraging debate online and offline around Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) issues, with a focus on participatory, community-centred approaches that lead to sustainable and inclusive sanitation.

Elaine brings experience and enthusiasm to a variety of activities including: managing the CLTS Knowledge Hub website and newsletters; facilitating learning and sharing events; creating multimedia and written learning outputs (often through participatory approaches); leading on participatory visual methods research in the team.

She has worked within international development for the past 15 years. Her background is in social anthropology and she has previously worked with international women’s rights, gender and sexuality focused NGOs. During her twelve years at IDS she has greatly enjoyed working with research and knowledge teams on a variety of essential development issues – including gender, sexuality, climate change, health, nutrition, conflict, governance and Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), amongst others. She is passionate about using and promoting creative, thoughtful, transformative approaches within development, for example, managing and facilitating digital storytelling and participatory video processes and outputs.



Balancing unpaid care work and paid work

The 'Balancing unpaid care work and paid work: successes, challenges and lessons for women's economic empowerment programmes and policies' project aims to create knowledge about how women's economic empowerment (WEE) policy and programming can generate paid work that empowers women and provides...


Cutting Edge Programme on Gender and Food Security

This BRIDGE Cutting Edge Programme on Gender and Food Security makes the case for a new, gender-aware understanding of food security, arguing that partial, apolitical and gender-blind diagnoses of the problem of food and nutrition insecurity is leading to insufficient policy responses and the...


Malawi Development Exchange

The Malawi Development Exchange supports those interested in Malawian development issues, supporting dialogue, sharing news and research, and communicating development knowledge produced in Malawi.



Ways forward for rural sanitation in Africa

The CLTS Knowledge Hub at IDS has had a busy year! We have hosted and facilitated two regional rural sanitation workshops in Africa. The first held in Tanzania brought together sanitation experts from eight countries across East and Southern Africa, the second in Senegal brought together those...

22 October 2018