Rethinking Rural Sanitation

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Rethinking Rural Sanitation
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      Welcome to Rethinking Rural Sanitation

      This course has been developed to improve rural sanitation programmes and contribute to the worldwide drive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It is intended for people working or planning to work in or with the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector.

      Globally, over 2 billion people still defecate in the open and the majority live in rural areas. Rural sanitation programmes aim to increase sustained access to and use of toilets and decrease the rate of open defecation - but there are many and varied challenges to face. This course gives guidance on rural sanitation programming to help practitioners overcome those challenges, which in turn will lead to better and more sustainable programme outcomes.

      The course has been developed in collaboration between WaterAid, UNICEF and Plan International, with support from The Open University. It is based on Guidance on Programming for Rural Sanitation available here  

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    • Course learning outcomes

      After you have studied this course you should be able to:

      • Recognise the need for rural sanitation programmes to be adaptable and context-specific.
      • Identify the information needed to analyse the country and local contexts for rural sanitation programmes.
      • Describe the essential components in the design of equitable and sustainable rural sanitation programmes at scale.
      • Assess the suitability of different rural sanitation programme designs in light of specific country and local situations.
      • Explain the importance of working with different stakeholders in the planning and implementation of equitable and sustainable rural sanitation programmes at scale.
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      • Level 2: Intermediate


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