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Seeking Sanitation Success

By Susan Davis, Executive Director

Download the full Seeking Sustained Sanitation Successes report (English)

The sanitation sector has evolved over decades.  Yet, in 2015, the target year for the Millennium Development Goals, much remains to be done: 2.4 billion people lack access to improved sanitation and almost 1 billion people practice open defecation, nine out of ten in rural areas (WHO/UNICEF, 2015). While some attempts to determine what works over time have been made, comparable information is scarce.  This is an important gap to overcome, and to overcome quickly, because Sustainable Development Goal 6 (UN) aims “to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” in just 14 years.

The purpose of this meta-evaluation was to attempt to identify which sanitation approaches in developing countries have been effective and sustainable, so that sector actors can position themselves for achieving universal sanitation services.  This work is divided into two phases: the desk review and expert consultation (Phase I) and in-depth country case studies (Phase II). The Seeking Sanitation Success Fact Sheet summarizes the output of Phase I, which recommended countries for Phase II. Please get in touch if you are interested in collaborating on the Phase II research.

This study was partially funded by Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Download the full report here.

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English: Seeking Sanitation Success

French: Vers un Assainissement Reussi

Portuguese: A Procura de Sucessos Sanitarios

Spanish: Procurando Éxitos en Saneamiento

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