CLTS in the urban context can support the aim of safely managed sanitation, provided that it: (1) is adjusted to the local context; (2) is one component embedded into a larger town or city-wide sanitation plan; and (3) is agreed upon by all relevant stakeholders.
The CLTS Knowledge Hub, with the support of Plan International Ethiopia, convened a three-day workshop focusing on ‘Using a CLTS Approach and Tools in Peri-Urban and Urban Environments’ in Addis Ababa in June 2016. Participants from across the world and from different organisations shared their experiences with urban community-led total sanitation (CLTS) and discussed what added value a CLTS approach in the urban context could bring.
This Learning Paper has two purposes. It can be read as a record of the different discussions that took place. However, it is much more than a workshop report. Based on practical examples of what has worked, it highlights the key stages of any urban CLTS programme. Furthermore, it provides guidance, advice and experiences of these different stages. Its purpose is not a guide but the beginnings of a toolbox for those interested in following a similar approach.