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Community toilets in Pune and other Indian cities (PLA 44)

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The provision of public toilets in slum areas of Indian cities is often closely associated with corruption in both the building and the maintenance of latrines, leading to public defecation and associated health problems. This paper details the revolution in sanitation provision when control was handed to community groups and local NGOs.

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This article was published in PLA 44: Local Government and Participation (June 2002). ~Click on ‘More information’ to visit: on 'Additional information' to download the whole issue or individual articles for this issue of PLA.

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Participatory Learning and Action series, issue 44: Local Government and Participation
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