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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.

Elaine Mercer’s recent work


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