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Behaviour change for improved hygiene and sanitation: not just a household affair!

posted 30 Mar 2012, 07:11 by Micheal Jonga   [ updated 20 Jun 2012, 23:45 by RCN Uganda ]
There is common agreement in the WASH sector that household hygiene and sanitation in rural areas in developing countries is, first and foremost, the responsibility of the household. With the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach, a stronger role of the community has been introduced in changing the hygiene and sanitation behaviour of the household members.

The PILS1 (Performance Improvement through Learning in Sanitation) project in three districts in Northern Uganda2 has focused on strengthening the supporting role to communities of local government and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) by facilitating district- and sub-county-based learning and action research. Working in a post-war environment, PILS has shown that improvements in coordination and the introduction of a learning process among the decentralised stakeholders can contribute to innovation, better financing and local solutions. The experiences with the PILS project can help the development of hygiene and sanitation policies and their implementation in Uganda.

Author: René van Lieshout, International Water and Sanitation centre (IRC), March 2012
Peer review: Valérie Bey, IRC

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