The Sanitation Learning Hub

Since 2006, the Sanitation Learning Hub (previously known as the CLTS Knowledge Hub) has been supporting learning within the sanitation and hygiene sector.

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With funding from Sida, the focus of the Hub’s work from 2019 – 2023 is to support and strengthen the sector to tackle the complex challenges it faces in delivering Global Goal 6.2 – ‘By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.’

The rate of change and the complexity of the challenges the sector faces in reaching Goal 6.2 are considerable and increasing. There is a clear need for a flexible range of approaches, along with the ability to assess what approach (or combination of approaches) is suitable in diverse contexts. This means rapidly identifying what works and what does not, filling gaps in knowledge, acknowledging failures and finding answers that provide practical ideas for policy and practice. The thrust of the Hub’s work over the next four years will be to trial, test and promote timely, relevant and actionable learning approaches.

The Hub will also be playing an important role in tackling essential emerging questions and issues within the sector such as:

The team continue to create much needed spaces in the sector that are designed to facilitate the honest reflection and co-generation of learning and innovation for stronger policy and practice.

Key activities of the new programme include:

  • Co-convening workshops for reflecting, sharing and learning
  • Innovating ‘Rapid Action Learning’ (RAL) participatory approaches and methodologies, capturing field-level realities and voices from the ground
  • Co-producing action-orientated research, publications and tools
  • Providing timely digital communications via the website, newsletter and social media.


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Alice Webb

Communications and Impact Officer

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Elaine Mercer

Communications and Networking Officer

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Gian Melloni

Research Officer

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Jamie Myers

Research and Learning Manager

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Joanna Howard

Research Fellow and Cluster Leader

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Mimi Coultas

Research Officer

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Naomi Vernon

Programme and Communications Manager

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Robert Chambers

Research Associate



Strengthening and Broadening Community-Led Total Sanitation at Scale

The Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Hub works 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.

Recent work


Engaging Men and Boys for Gender-Transformative WASH

Frontiers of Sanitation;20

This issue of Frontiers of Sanitation explores the extent to which engaging men and boys in WASH processes is leading to transformative change in gender roles, attitudes, and sustainable change in reducing gender inequalities across households, communities, organisations, and policy. This...

Sue Cavill & 2 others

14 July 2022


Emerging Practice for the Engagement of Men and Boys in WASH

Frontiers of Sanitation;

This document accompanies Frontiers of Sanitation: Engaging men for gender transformative WASH, Part 2, which explores the extent to which engaging men and boys in WASH processes is leading to transformative change in gender roles, attitudes, and sustainable change in reducing gender...

Godfrey Bongomin et al.

14 July 2022

Past Event

Monitoring and evaluation of rural sanitation and hygiene

This webinar will introduce the recently published guidelines and framework for monitoring and evaluation of rural sanitation and hygiene, and explain some of the main features of the documents. Andy Robinson, author of the guidelines and framework, will discuss the aims of the work, and how...

6 April 2022