The impacts of targeted pro-poor sanitation subsidies within open defecation free communities in Northern Ghana

September 2021

This event recording which summarise a study evaluating the impacts of targeted pro-poor sanitation subsidies as a follow up to CLTS programmes. Against a context of growing evidence that the poorest and most vulnerable do not always benefit from CLTS programming, this study assessed the impacts of a pro-poor programme in communities in Northern Ghana. It is part of work by USAID/WASHpals  and casts light on post-programme slippage after CLTS, and on the use of targeted subsidies for households as a means to mitigate this.

In the communities studied, sanitation showed a decline,  often due to the limited durability of facilities. This suggests a need for approaches beyond CLTS alone. Subsidies  improved sanitation for eligible households and some others sharing with them but the subsidies failed to create much additional demand for durable toilets among non-eligible households as they likely remain unaffordable to them.

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