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Welcome to CLTS Foundation

Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) is an innovative approach for empowering communities to completely eliminate open defecation and to begin the journey towards a sustained improvement in public health.

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 51 countries across the globe. It has been incorporated in the National Sanitation Strategy of at least 18 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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CLTS implemented in 54 countries

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CLTS Foundation Annual Report 2012-2013

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CLTS in Nigeria

The case studies in this document are based on field visits to 18 ODF and two un-triggered communities in 10 LGAs in five states: Benue, Cross River, Osun, Jigawa and Katsina. The case studies share experience that can support effective scaling up throughout the country. The case studies demonstrate how CLTS has been adapted to suit local contexts in Nigeria without compromising its core princi

A presentation by Ms.Ann Thomas of ESARO

Field Report of CLTS in Benin

Benin is one of the many countries in Western Africa seriously lagging behind in sanitation, with only 36 percent of the population having access to basic sanitation. More than 70 percent of rural population defecates in the open. CLTS was introduced in Benin in December 2009 by trainers from EAA (earlier CREPA), Wagadugu, and Burkina Faso. Afterwards another hands-on training workshop on CLTS was

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Press Release in Madagascar
A news coverage of the meeting with the Honourable President Mr. Hery Rajaonarimampianina -- a report in French
Nation-wide Pledge to declare Madagascar ODF by 2018
The highest political leadership in Madagascar recognize the success of CLTS in the country and officially declare a nation-wide campaign to end Open Defecation by 2018.
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