Synthesis Report: Thinking beyond Open Defecation Free towards safely managed sanitation for all

Thinking beyond Open Defecation Free toward safely managed sanitation for all: South Asia Regional Learning Event Synthesis Report. 

This report is a synthesis of the South Asia Regional Learning Event held in Kandy, Sri Lanka by the Civil Society Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Fund (CS WASH Fund) from 8-11 November 2016. Its intended audience is the civil society organisations (CSOs) in the Fund, as well as government partners and WASH sector stakeholders. In South Asia the CS WASH Fund supports five CSOs – Australian Red Cross (ARC), Habitat for Humanity (HfH), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Plan International Australia, Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) and World Vision Lanka and Australia (WV) - to undertake eight projects providing direct support for up to 425,000 poor and vulnerable people to access basic sanitation for improved health. 

This report outlines the current sanitation situation in South Asia, the progress made during the MDG period and the challenges ahead. The report also captures CSO project approaches including how they work with government, how they apply participatory-planning processes and other strategies to achieve ODF, how they bring together multiple dimensions of WASH including gender and social inclusion, and a variety of innovative approaches. 

The key topic for the event was thinking beyond Open Defecation Free (ODF) toward safely managed sanitation for all. 'Safe sanitation' requires a holistic approach to WASH including hygiene, and different countries face difference challenges in climbing the sanitation ladder. Participants explored the application of the SDGs to their context identifying a diversity of priority issues depending on the country, and the sanitation targets identified by the SDGs and possible approaches to reach these were discussed during the learning event. 

Recommended citation: Civil Society WASH Fund (2016) Thinking beyond Open Defecation Free towards safely managed sanitation for all: Synthesis Report of the South Asia Regional Learning Event. Kandy, Sri Lanka. 8-11 November 2016.

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