Jirani Sanitation Groups: Sustaining Open Defecation Free Status in Tanzania

January 2019

The sustainability of open defecation free (ODF) status in rural areas where toilets frequently collapse is a global concern. In Tanzania, SNV has developed an innovative approach called Jirani sanitation groups (JSGs). ‘Jirani’ means neighbour and the approach is based on community support; if a toilet collapses another can be built with the help of neighbours.

This case study presents the JSGs intervention, providing practical information for its implementation and a brief discussion on the challenges and lessons learned by the SNV Tanzania team and their partners on the ground.

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