Rethinking rural sanitation

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Rural, Sanitation, Partnership
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UNICEF, Plan International and WaterAid joint review of rural sanitation approaches aims to develop guidance on how to design, cost and implement programmes.

Current rural sanitation practitioners and decision makers are faced with insufficient information on the relative performance of different programming approaches. These approaches are frequently defined either too tightly, or too loosely, which stifles innovation, learning and opportunities to combine and tailor approaches to the changing contexts in which they operate. The cost of facilitating and delivering these approaches is often not well understood or monitored.

To address this, Plan International, WaterAid and UNICEF are conducting a review to consolidate existing evidence and experiences on these issues, with an aim to develop guidance documents for rural sanitation programme policy-makers, planners and implementers.

This joint effort has three tasks:

  1. Review of rural sanitation. Read 'Rethinking Rural Sanitation Approaches', a brief summarising the highlights from the analysis of the predominant rural sanitation approaches. To know more, see the background report 'Review of Rural Sanitation Approaches'.
  2. Development of a rural sanitation costings guidance (see below).
  3. Development of a rural sanitation approaches guidance (see below).

The costing framework provides a set of cost categories (based on programme activities) that is designed to encourage comprehensive cost tracking and reporting in rural sanitation and hygiene programmes. The framework (which is in the format of an excel spreadsheet for handy use) was tested and refined by the partner organisations and is to be used in conjunction with the Guidance on the Costing of Rural Sanitation Approaches.

See also our call to action on rural sanitation – Delivering rural sanitation programs at scale with equity and sustainability.

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