Frontiers of CLTS No. 12 – Rural Sanitation in Africa: Challenges, Good Practices and Ways Forward

This edition of Frontiers of CLTS draws on two discussions co-convened by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). The first, supported by SNV, was held in Arusha, Tanzania, 16-20 April 2018, and brought together stakeholders from eight countries across East and Southern Africa.1 The second held in Saly, Senegal, 25-28 June 2018, was co-convened with WaterAid, WSSCC and UNICEF with support from AGETIP and had representatives from 14 countries across West and Central Africa.

It begins by highlighting the challenges faced by programme implementers (both government and non-government staff) at different levels in relation to the Ngor Commitments and the achievement of universal access to safely managed sanitation. A range of initiatives are then presented that show promise in addressing these challenges – it is designed to be read like a catalogue of ideas which can inspire and be adapted to different country contexts. The issue ends with recommended priority actions.

Frontiers of CLTS is produced by IDS as part of the CLTS Knowledge Hub. IDS has been working in support of Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) since its beginnings. CLTS has now become an international movement for which IDS is the recognised knowledge hub. The Knowledge Hub is dedicated to understanding the on-the-ground realities of CLTS practice and to learn about, share and promote good practices, ideas and innovations that lead to sustainability and scale.