Adopting CLTS: is your organisation ready? Analysing organisational requirements (PLA 61)

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Published: November 2010
Participatory Learning and Action
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Participatory Learning and Action 61 Tales of Shit: Community-Led Total Sanitation in Africa

In this article, the author draws on his experience with Engineers Without Borders Canada. From February 2008 to October 2009, he was seconded to WaterAid Burkina Faso when the NGO decided to adopt Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS). Here, he analyses the practical implications of adopting CLTS for facilitators, managers and organisations. It is particularly relevant to development managers who have heard of CLTS and would like to implement, support or finance the approach. The author argues that not every organisation is ready to adopt CLTS without reassessing its organisational culture, field-level practices, organisational processes and institutional context. The argument is developed by first discussing the reasons that can motivate – or discourage – development agencies to drop their previous approaches to sanitation and take up CLTS. The author then analyses the different implications of CLTS on how development agencies operate.

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Article in: PLA 61. Guest-edited by: Petra Bongartz, Samuel Musembi Musyoki, Angela Milligan and Holly Ashley.

Keywords: CLTS, Community-Led Total Sanitation, water, hygiene, Kamal Kar, health, PRA, scaling up, policy, triggering, training, facilitation.

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Soublière, J. (2010). Adopting CLTS: is your organisation ready? Analysing organisational requirements (PLA 61). .
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