Newsletter March 2013
to the March 2013 edition of the CLTS Newsletter!
Many useful new
resources have been added to the website over the last few months- highlights
From the 6th-10th August 2012, CLTS
practitioners from NGOs, governments and international agencies from 16
countries where CLTS is being implemented came together for a workshop on CLTS
Monitoring, Verification, Learning and Information Management in Lilongwe,
Malawi. The workshop resulted in a set of practical recommendations and a menu
of options to help governments, NGOs and others involved in CLTS in their
planning and action.
Linked to this, we have also
started to gather
from different countries. With more and more national
governments adopting CLTS as their key approach to sanitation and including it
in their policies, there is a need for nationally streamlined guidance on
monitoring and on how to conduct verification and certification. We hope that
having these examples on the website will help those engaged in formulating new
protocols in other countries. If your country has national verification and
certification guideline that are not featured here yet, please get in touch and share them with us.
Another exciting addition to
the website is the publication
Funded by WaterAid and the SHARE
research consortium and put together with inputs from a wide range of experts
and organisations, Menstrual hygiene matters is an essential resource for
improving menstrual hygiene for women and girls in lower and middle-income
countries. Nine modules and toolkits cover key aspects of menstrual hygiene in
different settings, including communities, schools and emergencies.
and resources by country
Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) has been adopted by
Ghana as a rural sanitation strategy after several pilot projects. A few years
into its implementation, the Northern Regions Small Towns (NORST) Water and
Sanitation project started a pilot project seeking to test the viability of CLTS
in small towns. The project selected two communities, Bincheratanga and Karaga
in the Nanumba North and Karaga districts respectively. This report is meant to
share the outcomes of the pilot and lessons learnt.
Checklist for ODF verification and certification
issued by the Ghanaian Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in
2010. These guidelines were produced jointly with the National ODF Taskforce and
sponsored by UNICEF. Download Ghana's ODF checklist.
Professor Chris Gordon, Director of the Institute
of Environment and Sanitation, University of Ghana, Legon, said open defecation
costs Ghana 79 million dollars per year, whereas it would require less than one
million latrines to eliminate the practice. Read more in this article by the Ghana News
Agency (16th January 2013)
The CLTS approach currently
used to promote sanitation will help Nigeria to achieve the 75 per cent MDGs
target in the sector by 2015 according to an assessment report on the
initiative. The report, made available in Abuja by the National Task Group on
Sanitation (NTGS), stated that since the implementation of CLTS programme in
Nigeria, it had proven to be a positive option for achieving total sanitation.
“There is no doubt that if CLTS process is properly conducted, funded and
supported, achieving sanitation promotion and meeting the relevant MDGs will not
be a problem."
Lagos State Government has
embarked on measures to eradicate defecation in public places by adopting the
Community Led Total Sanitation model. At a six-day Train the Trainers’ Workshop
on CLTS held in Lekki, Lagos, Commissioner for Rural Development Cornelius
Ojelabi, said: “The adoption of this model is sequel to the global and national
successes recorded by the approach and our quest for excellence”. Read the rest of this story in Vanguard, 28th January 2012
The wife of the governor of the
State of Osun and the Ambassador, Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS), Alhaja
Sherifat Aregbesola, has reiterated her commitment to use her position to spread
the tentacles of community-led total sanitation beyond the state. Read more in
the Osun Defender, 14th December