Rethinking Rural Sanitation

15 May 2020

This course has been developed to improve rural sanitation programmes and contribute to the worldwide drive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is intended for people working or planning to work in or with the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector.

Globally, over 2 billion people still defecate in the open and the majority live in rural areas. Rural sanitation programmes aim to increase sustained access to and use of toilets and decrease the rate of open defecation – but there are many and varied challenges to face. This course gives guidance on rural sanitation programming to help practitioners overcome those challenges, which in turn will lead to better and more sustainable programme outcomes.

The course has been developed in collaboration between WaterAid, UNICEF and Plan International, with support from The Open University. It is based on Guidance on Programming for Rural Sanitation available here:

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