Sanitation in Bangladesh: Revolution, Evolution, and New Challenges

SLH Learning Papers 3
July 2016

There is by now a well-established network of professionals working on the critical issues of the day; and the general population is committed to maintaining public health through latrine use. It seems likely that the next challenges will be met, considering the Bangladesh sanitation sector’s intellectual and organisational strengths.

This is a book chapter taken from Sustainable Sanitation For All: Experiences, Challenges and Innovations

Bangladesh is a hub of sanitation experimentation and model-building. It is internationally recognised as the place where Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) first succeeded in eliminating open defecation (OD) from whole villages. This and other achievements rest on a broad foundation.

After briefly reviewing the history of sanitation promotion in rural Bangladesh, this paper summarises the most urgent issues and challenges related to sustaining the country’s achievements in 2015. It concludes with some learning points of possible interest to other countries seeking to promote universal sanitation coverage.

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PublisherInstitute of Development Studies
RegionSouth Asia
ThemesBehaviour change, Health, Hygiene, Leave no one behind, Monitoring, evaluation and learning, Sustainability and safely managed sanitation

Hanchett, S. (2016) Sanitation in Bangladesh: Revolution, Evolution, and New Challenges, CLTS Knowledge Hub Learning Paper 3, Brighton: IDS


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