Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing and Innovation Program - Solomon Islands

Live and Learn in Solomon Islands

Project Description

The program established local community-based enterprises able to effectively deliver sustainable sanitation and hygiene services to urban informal communities through the development of supportive enabling environments.

The key mechanism for the advancement of urban sanitation was through mobilising community members, local government departments, suppliers and volunteers, and creating partnerships between these. An inclusive approach ensured women would play a leading role. Two sanitation enterprises learned how to run a viable business and contributed to improving access to sanitation facilities, safe and accessible for people with disabilities, the elderly and children. 

The project also established a school WASH institutional capacity building approach that provided schools with a mechanism to secure targeted personnel and funding for WASH infrastructure and services. Live & Learn worked with school WASH committees to conduct inclusive design of water supply, sanitation and hygiene facilities, and take responsibility for providing operations and maintenance after the project concludes. The approach was also tested with the wider enabling environment, including government education and health officials to ensure institutional support to the schools. The schools’ leadership, WASH Committees, and provincial and district education officials adopted a tool called Bottleneck Analysis, to overcome the barriers to them providing adequate WASH services.

Project Location

The project location was urban, informal settlements in and around Honiara in the Guadalcanal province. Communities were selected according to the following criteria:

  • Communities were a priority of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey and Ministry of Health and Honiara City Council;
  • Live & Learn had strong relationships with and knowledge of the communities through other projects;
  • Violence against women was a problem in the communities;
  • Open defecation and poor hygiene behaviour was a significant problem in the target communities;
  • Communities were on secure land tenure; and
  • The locations of communities were strategic in expanding sanitation markets.

Project Posters

Download Live and Learn's project poster presented at the Fund Learning and Reflection Event (FLARE) in August 2017 here.

Click here for Live and Learn's project poster presented at the 2015 Pacific Learning and Reflection Event.

Project specifics

Location Duration (MM/YY) Working with Key approach Website
Location Pacific: Solomon Islands Duration 01-05-2014 to 01-06-2018 Working with Local private sector, National & Local governments, schools, community-based organisations Key approach Sanitation Marketing Website http://www.livelearn.org