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Shit travels fast: towards a global CLTS network (PLA 61)

Petra Bongartz

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Ten years after Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) was first introduced in Bangladesh, there is a strong, vibrant and continuously growing global network of people working together to end open defecation. Networking, sharing and learning activities such as those coordinated by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) play a crucial role in supporting CLTS as it goes to scale. Ensuring that practitioners learn from each other and share lessons and challenges can help improve practice and influence policy. Here, the author describes how linking people through email, via the CLTS website and bringing them together in person can be effective tools for change.

Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory learning and action approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board. See: www.planotes.org

Article in: PLA 61. Guest-edited by: Petra Bongartz, Samuel Musembi Musyoki, Angela Milligan and Holly Ashley.

Keywords: CLTS, Community-Led Total Sanitation, water, hygiene, Kamal Kar, health, PRA, scaling up, policy, triggering, training, facilitation.

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