Sustainable Sanitation for All: 7 Years On

20 June 2023

We are very pleased to share a six-part blog collection in response to the continued popularity of the book Sustainable Sanitation for All: Experiences, Challenges and Innovations.

We’ve been reflecting on the success of the book, which offered the first comprehensive overview on sustainable sanitation, and was, and continues to be well received and appreciated by practitioners, policy-makers and academics alike. It’s been seven years since the book was published and during this time it has remained one of the Sanitation Learning Hub’s most popular publications!

Written by chapter authors, each blog reflects on the progress of key sustainable sanitation issues over the past seven years. Petra Bongartz facilitated the production of this blog series.

Blog: Has the status of Community Health Volunteers evolved in Kenya? (Elizabeth Wamera)

Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) are vital for improving healthcare for all Kenyans. This includes promoting WASH strategies for good health. Elizabeth Wamera looks at progress in strengthening the role of CHVs in Meru & Kitui counties.

This blog reflects on Elizabeth’s chapter Who Is Managing the Post-ODF Process in the Community? A Case Study of Nambale Sub-County in Western Kenya.

Blog: Systems strengthening as the next gamechanger for sanitation (Ann Thomas)

Systems strengthening is essential to sanitation progress. In her blog Ann Thomas presents key areas to build on, such as: innovative sanitation policy; leveraging collective action; monitoring indirect results; and climate-resilient sanitation.

This blog builds on Ann’s chapter Strengthening Post-ODF Programming: Reviewing Lessons from sub-Saharan Africa

Blog: Phased sanitation development seven years on! (Mike Gnilo & Andy Robinson)

What is the continued relevance of the phased approach to achieving safely managed sanitation at scale? Mike Gnilo & Andy Robinson outline key lessons learnt since 2016 and address long-standing challenges. They present lessons from Nepal, Zambia, Philippines and Kenya.

This blog builds on their chapter Beyond ODF: A Phased Approach to Rural Sanitation Development

Blog: Smart sanitation finance seven years on! (Mike Gnilo & Andy Robinson)

Mike Gnilo & Andy Robinson reflect on the successes and challenges of sanitation financing in large-scale rural sanitation programming. They share their thoughts on ways forward presenting brief summaries of the pros and cons of smart subsidies, results-based financing, area-wide approaches and long-term monitoring of access and use.

This blog builds on the chapter Promoting Choice: Smart Finance for Rural Sanitation Development

Blog: CLTS and sanitation marketing: experiences and learning from Malawi (Twitty Munkhondia)

Twitty Munkhondia reflects on the successes, challenges and new ideas in large-scale rural sanitation programming . He also shares his thoughts on ways forwards for the sanitation sector in Malawi to make progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This blog reflects on the co-authored chapter CLTS and Sanitation Marketing: Aspects to Consider For a Better Integrated Approach

Blog: Lessons from sanitation marketing field experiences in Zambia (Warren Simangolwa)

Warren Simangolwa reflects on the chapter he co-authored on CLTS and sanitation marketing. He shares lessons from the experience of the last seven years in Zambia.

This blog also reflect on the chapter CLTS and Sanitation Marketing: Aspects to Consider For a Better Integrated Approach

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