• Madagascar

    Brief update
    on ODF sustainability
    from FAA office

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  • Somalia

    High –level advocacy workshop
    held at Nairobi to
    institutionalise CLTS

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  • Guyana

    Using CLTS to achieve
    open garbage disposal
    free communities

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  • BLOG

    Kalyani -An example of a systematic &sustained community-led initiative in an urban area

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Welcome to Community-Led Total Sanitation(CLTS) Foundation

Community-Led Total Sanitation(CLTS) focuses on igniting a change in collective hygiene behaviour, which is achieved through a process of community-wide action stimulated by facilitators from within or outside the community. It involves no hardware subsidy and does not prescribe latrine models. Dr. Kamal Kar pioneered CLTS in Bangladesh in 1999. Since then it has been implemented in more than 60 countries across the globe. It has been incorporated in the National Sanitation Strategy of at least 22 countries of which 14 are in Africa and the rest in Asia. The CLTS Foundation works through an international team of professionals, practitioners, researchers and policy experts to build capacity and influence policy for enhancing access to sanitation through CLTS.

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Dr Kamal Kar receives the 2015 Sarphati Sanitation Life Time Achievement Award

In 2013, World Waternet, Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and Aqua for All initiated the biennial Sarphati Sanitation Award (SSA) to honor the outstanding contribution of individuals or organizations to the global sanitation challenge through entrepreneurship. The Jury unanimously voted to award the 2015 Sarphati Sanitation Life Time Achievement Award to Dr Kamal Kar , founder of the CLTS (Community Led Total Sanitation) Foundation. The Foundation helped create a paradigm shift that has positively influenced the behavior of millions of people. In thousands of villages throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America, people have started building their own toilets and helping their peers to do the same, in order to make entire communities free of open defecation.

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