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.

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:

  • How to achieve safely managed sanitation for all
  • The complex and different challenges of urban, peri-urban and rural settings
  • How to ‘Leave No One Behind’ in programming
  • The value of gender transformative approaches
  • How to strengthen supply chains in order to climb the sanitation ladder
  • Better understanding of the links between sanitation, hygiene and other endemic issues such as undernutrition
  • The need to prioritise hygiene practices, especially handwashing
  • How to tackle ‘slippage’ back to open defecation.

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:

For more information on the Hub’s methods, approaches and vision, you can read the Sanitation Learning Hub’s overview.

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Alice Webb

Digital Knowledge Coordinator

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Elaine Mercer

Communications and Networking 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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Naomi Vernon

Programme Officer for Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Knowledge Hub

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Robert Chambers

Research Associate

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Stacey Townsend

Programme Officer



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


Celebrating the Sanitation Learning Hub’s new lease of life

For over ten years, IDS’s Sanitation Learning Hub (previously known as the CLTS Knowledge Hub) has been supporting learning and sharing within the international sanitation and hygiene sector, using innovative participatory approaches. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency...

22 October 2019


Support Mechanisms to Strengthen Equality and Non-Discrimination (EQND) in Rural Sanitation (Part 2 of 2)

Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights;13, Part 2

A renewed focus on equity is being driven by the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation framework and Sustainable Development Goal 6.2, which emphasise the importance of adequate and equitable sanitation for all. However, as raised in Part 1 of this issue on equality and non-discrimination (EQND),...

Jeremy Kohlitz & 2 others

1 July 2019


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