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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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Global Poverty Project's Earth Day kick-off event: CLTS Foundation makes a strong case for community-led initiatives to end open defecation 


  On Thursday, April 16th, Kamal Kar, the pioneer of the Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach and the Founder & Chairman of CLTS Foundation, presented at the Global Poverty Project’s Earth Day kickoff event ‘Getting to 100: Accelerating the Global Sanitation Agenda’. The event was organized by the Global Poverty Project (GPP), UNICEF, The World Bank and the United Nations Foundation at the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC.


  The event had a prestigious lineup of speakers - Her Excellency Gertrude Mutharika, First Lady of Malawi; Her Excellency Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina, First Lady of Madagascar; Junaid Ahmad, Senior Director at World Bank Group’s Water Global Practice; Geeta Rao Gupta, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF; Alice Albright, CEO of the Global Partnership of Education; and Michael Sheldrick, Senior Manager, Global Policy and Advocacy at Global Poverty Project.



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