Strengthening and Broadening Community-Led Total Sanitation at Scale

The overarching aim of the Hub is to contribute to the dignity, health and wellbeing of children, women and men in the developing world who currently suffer the consequences of inadequate or no sanitation and poor hygiene.


We are committed to supporting Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) to go to scale sustainably and with quality, broadening its scope, accelerating its spread and adding to its momentum as a movement. We do this 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.

We are dedicated to understanding the on-the-ground realities of CLTS and to learning about, sharing and promoting good practices, ideas and innovations. We provide spaces for reflection, continuous learning and knowledge exchange and seek to keep the CLTS community well connected and informed.

What we do

We support the scaling up of CLTS with quality and sustainability through:

  • Action learning and networking
  • Co-convening workshops for sharing and learning
  • The CLTS website and bi-monthly newsletter
  • Publications and dissemination, including Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights. This new series offers practical guidance on new methods and approaches, and thinking on broader issues and emerging topics in CLTS.

Key contacts

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Naomi Vernon

Programme and Communications Manager


+44 (0)1273 915684

Project details

start date
1 October 2014
end date
30 September 2019


About this project

Programmes and centres
The Sanitation Learning Hub

Recent work


Equality and Non-Discrimination (EQND) in Sanitation Programmes at Scale (Part 1 of 2)

Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights 10, Part 1

A well-facilitated Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programme that pro-actively considers and involves people who might be disadvantaged has been shown to have many benefits. This issue of Frontiers of CLTS looks at who should be considered potentially disadvantaged, how they can...

25 August 2017


Picturing Inclusive CLTS Photo Competition

Inclusive CLTS Photo Competition - looking for photos that illustrate inclusive CLTS, highlight good practice, depict innovative programming and the need to ‘reach the one in everyone’.

12 January 2017


World Toilet Day: timely reminder of the global sanitation crisis

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

18 November 2016


The Addis Agreement: Using CLTS in Peri-urban and Urban Areas

CLTS Knowledge Hub Learning Paper

The CLTS Knowledge Hub at the Institute of Development Studies, with the help of Plan International Ethiopia, convened a three day workshop in Addis Ababa. The workshop titled ‘Using a CLTS approach in peri-urban and urban environments’ brought together people who had been involved in urban...

14 August 2016


CLTS in Post-Emergency and Fragile States Settings

Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights 9

This issue of Frontiers of CLTS explores the potential, and some of the recorded learning, on how CLTS, as a community-based, collaborative approach to sanitation behavioural change, can be applied successfully in contexts of fragility and displacement, leading to communities more convinced and...

1 July 2016


CLTS and the Right to Sanitation

Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights 8

Lack of sanitation impacts on the rights to life and health, the right to education (through loss in school days, particularly for girls), and the right to dignity. The purpose of this issue of Frontiers of CLTS is to examine Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) in light of human rights: Do the...

1 March 2016