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process that assists groups of people to understand and agree on their objectives (7)


a person who guides the people in a meeting, discussion, planning session or other event to ensure that the objectives are met by the end of the event (7)

faecal sludge (septic sluge)

accumulated faecal waste plus urine, water and anal cleansing materials in pit latrines and septic tanks (2)

financial sustainability

when revenue (income) from a service is sufficient to cover expenditure (costs) so that the service can be continued over a long period of time (13)

flying toilets

buckets or plastic bags used for depositing human excreta and thrown into the street or on waste ground (2)

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