CLTS and the Right to Sanitation

Frontiers of Sanitation 8
March 2016

We need to learn much more about how to integrate context-specific practical measures into CLTS processes to avoid human rights abuses occurring.

Lack of sanitation impacts on the rights to life and health, the right to education (through loss of school days, particularly for girls), and the right to dignity.

This issue of Frontiers of CLTS examines Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) through a human rights lens, highlighting some key questions: do the principles and practices of CLTS reflect and promote a rights-based approach to sanitation? In what specific areas do they do so? What areas of CLTS practice raise concerns about actual or potential incompatibility with human rights?

The aim is to give CLTS practitioners a fuller understanding of human rights to help them improve practice.

Additional details

PublisherInstitute of Development Studies
ThemesBehaviour change, Children, Leave no one behind
ApproachesCommunity-led approaches

Musembi, C.N. and Musyoki, S.M. (2016) ‘CLTS and the Right to Sanitation’, Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights 8, Brighton: IDS


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