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process by which information is exchanged between individuals or groups (9)


group of people who are connected to each other by geographic location or common concern or interest (6)

community action groups  (CAGs)

small groups within a community tasked with managing individual projects (11)

community-based action plan 

a plan shared by all members of a community to take agreed actions to end open defecation; the output of the CLTS process (10)

community capacity building

improving the skills, knowledge and experience of the people in the community so they are better able to manage community projects and take part in partnerships and community enterprises (6)

community engagement

process of working with people in a community to address issues affecting their well-being (6)

community-led total sanitation and hygiene (CLTSH)  

the same as CLTS but includes explicit reference to hygiene (H); the name used in Ethiopia for CLTS

community-led total sanitation (CLTS)  

method for mobilising communities to completely eliminate open defecation by triggering collective behaviour change and installing and using latrines (10)

community mobilisation

process in which community members (individuals, groups and organisations) act together to achieve desired community goals (11)

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