Frontiers of CLTS 4

Sustainability and CLTS: taking stock

Published on 1 February 2015

Sustainability is without doubt one of the most burning subject matters that subsumes many of the issues that we are seeing in Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and wider Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practice. There have been several useful studies on sustainability that have highlighted some of the different aspects as well as the complexities involved. However, it is unclear how much of the learning from these studies has been built into current and future programming and practice.

Based on existing research and our own understanding, this issue of Frontiers of CLTS is an attempt at an up to date synthesis of where we are at the beginning of 2015.

In the issue, we identify some priority areas for learning:

  • How to phase in sanitation marketing
  • Post-open defecation free engagement of government, NGOS, donors and others
  • How to ensure equity and inclusion
  • How to transform social norms
  • Monitoring, learning, changing. 

This publication is also available for downloading in French and Portuguese (pdf).

Cite this publication

Cavill, S. with Chambers, R. and Vernon, N. (2015) ‘Sustainability and CLTS: Taking Stock’, Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights Issue 4, Brighton: IDS


Naomi Vernon

Programme and Communications Manager

Robert Chambers

Research Associate

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Cavill, S. with Chambers, R. and Vernon, N.
Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights, issue 4


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