CLTS Knowledge Hub Learning Brief 3

Supporting the Least Able Throughout and Beyond CLTS

Published on 1 June 2017

Since its conception in 1999, Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) has spread to
over 60 countries and resulted in millions of people across the world living in open
defecation free (ODF) communities. The approach was a departure from subsidydriven
sanitation programming which often led to uneven adoption and only partial
use. CLTS enabled communities to own the process and collectively work towards
becoming ODF. However, since its implementation at scale a number of challenges
have appeared. Emerging evidence is suggesting a need to better support the most
disadvantaged with accessible and sustainable sanitation facilities.
This Learning Brief presents emerging principles and action points to strengthen
intra-community support and introduce external support mechanisms for the
least able when necessary and appropriate. It is one of several outputs from an
Asia-region workshop convened in the Philippines by the CLTS Knowledge Hub
and UNICEF between 24-28 May 2017.

Cite this publication

Myers, J., Maule, L., Gnilo, M., Chambers, R. Cavill, S. (2017) Supporting the least able throughout and beyond CLTS, CLTS Knowledge Hub Learning Brief 3, Brighton: IDS

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