Article: 5 Reasons Why Just Building Toilets Won't Improve Urban Sanitation

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Article: 5 Reasons Why Just Building Toilets Won't Improve Urban Sanitation

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to draw your attention to an article written by Peter Hawkins called "5 Reasons Why Just Building Toilets Won’t Improve Urban Sanitation"

Its an article that was posted last year in April but still very relevant. Here is the link: blogs.worldbank.org/water/5-reasons-why-...ove-urban-sanitation

In a nutshell the 5 reasons are:

- Urban sanitation is about a chain of services
- Urban sanitation must be poor-inclusive and implemented within a citywide framework
- Urban sanitation cannot be tackled in isolation
- Urban sanitation requires a strong enabling environment
- Urban sanitation needs clear accountability

I find his points to be very true. Looking at the full sanitation value chain, ensuring a pro poor framework is part and parcel of the implementation, incorporating other aspects and cross cutting issues such as Solid Waste Management and MHM, anchoring the urban sanitation within the institutional framework to ensure ownership and transparency are key issues that need to be tackled symbiotically to ensure sustainable sanitation.

Looking forward to your inputs and thoughts.

Best regards,

Doreen
Doreen Mbalo

GIZ Sustainable Sanitation Programme
Policy Advisor in Bonn, Germany
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
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