Supporting the Poorest and Most Vulnerable in CLTS Programmes 

SLH Learning Papers 7
September 2017

Emerging evidence suggests a need to better support those least able to provide accessible, sustainable and hygienic sanitation facilities for themselves.

This learning paper offers starting points for the conversation on how to support the poorest and most vulnerable. The paper follows an Asia-focused workshop on the topic in the Philippines in May 2017, convened by the Sanitation Learning Hub and UNICEF.

The event brought together participants with experience of working on directly, supporting or researching CLTS programmes from across the continent. Over the course of five days participants representing a range of different organisations explored ways the poorest and most vulnerable can be supported both through strengthening the CLTS process and the introduction of support mechanisms.

This Learning Paper is more than just a summary or record of the event, and aims to provide a starting point for the conversation on this critical subject to continue within the WASH sector.

It focuses on strengthening the CLTS process, identifying and targeting people for support, the sequencing of support mechanisms, roles and responsibilities of stakeholders and the different support mechanisms and the associated risks. It concludes with summarising some emerging principles, considerations and recommendations which are not just relevant for CLTS programmes but other approaches, all of which are working towards equitable and adequate sanitation for all by 2030.

Additional details

PublisherInstitute of Development Studies
ThemesLeave no one behind, Support mechanisms, Sustainability and safely managed sanitation
ApproachesCommunity-led approaches, Financing approaches

Gnilo, M. and Myers, J. Supporting the Poorest and Most Vulnerable in CLTS Programmes CLTS Knowledge Hub Learning Paper 7, Brighton: IDS


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