USAID Transform WASH: Financing Practices and Options for Sanitation Products and Services: Findings from SNNPR, Ethiopia

This study explores sanitation financing experiences in Southern Nation Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) with a focus on USAID Transform Water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) intervention zones, identifies key financial institutions and stakeholders and suggests innovative financial approaches for sustaining innovative businesses engaged in sanitation marketing while stimulating household demand.

Global Waters Radio: Jacky Ralaiarivony on Water and Sanitation in Madagascar

For the past eight years, Jacky Ralaiarivony has served as USAID/Madagascar’s water and sanitation program specialist. During that time, he has helped expand the role that public-private partnerships play in the island’s capacity-building efforts to improve water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and has also been closely involved with Madagascar’s successful community-led total sanitation (CLTS) campaign, which continues to take root across rural districts and has become an internationally recognized success.

WASHPaLS’ Webinar Presents Key Findings from CLTS Research

In what has been termed a revolution of sorts, community-led total sanitation (CLTS) introduced a new approach to eliminating open defecation when it was pioneered by Kamal Kar 17 years ago. Since its introduction, approximately 60 countries have adopted CLTS, a technique which triggers communal disgust to change defecation behaviors and expand sanitation coverage in mostly rural communities. A good number of governments have even embraced CLTS as their national policy.

WASHPaLS Global Call for Data and Research Collaboration

Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) represents a revolution in the fight to end open defecation, with large-scale programs in place and embedded in national policy in dozens of countries. In their Handbook on Community-Led Total Sanitation, Kar and Chambers (2008) identified an array of variables thought to make program success more or less likely.

Celebrate World Toilet Day

This Sunday, November 19, let’s take some time to reflect. For billions in the developing world proper sanitation can mean the difference between education and ignorance, health and illness, prosperity and poverty. But 2.5 billion people still don’t have access to a toilet, and 11 percent of the world’s population still defecates in the open.

Water Currents: Focus on Swachh Bharat

The Prime Minister of India launched the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Mission on October 2, 2014, to improve the level of sanitation and cleanliness by October 2, 2019, marking the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Swachh Bharat has two components: Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) for rural areas and the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) for urban areas. To date, this campaign has rallied all corners of Indian society toward its ambitious sanitation goals, including enlisting Bollywood stars and prominent athletes to create awareness.

Madagascar Rural Access to New Opportunities for Health and Prosperity (RANO-HP) Ex-Post Evaluation Brief

USAID is supporting a series of independent ex-post evaluations of USAID–funded water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) activities to inform future USAID programming. This brief summarizes the first of the evaluations in the series, which examines the sustainability of sanitation and hygiene outcomes associated with the Madagascar Rural Access to New Opportunities for Health and Prosperity (RANO-HP) activity.