Category: Practical Learning

Sharing water, sanitation and hygiene knowledge and insights

Staff and community partners from Live & Learn project teams in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Australia participated with over 120 water, sanitation and hygiene practitioners in the Civil Society WASH Fund Learning and Reflection Event (FLARE) held in Brisbane at the beginning of August. The FLARE hosted participants from 19 countries across ...

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Climbing the participation ladder

Community participation is the foundation of the Community-based Sanitation Marketing Enterprises (CBSE) that are being piloted by Live & Learn in Fiji, PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu through the Australian government Civil Society WASH Fund. Without effective community ownership and participation the CBSEs will not be able to become effective community businesses. Community participation is ...

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Bottleneck Analysis helps WASH in Schools planning

One of the approaches that the Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing Innovation Program (WPSMIP) has been using is Bottleneck Analysis. This is a method that looks at more than just access to services or information, but assess the actual use of health services by different groups of people. Currently we are using bottleneck analysis to look ...

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Menstrual Hygiene Day – talking about WASH in Schools

Today is global Menstrual Hygiene Day. In Solomon Islands the Live & Learn WPSMIP team marked Menstrual Hygiene Day with discussions at a local high school, where girls and boys discussed their perspectives on the challenges facing girls at their school. Sophie Suia, from Live & Learn Solomon Islands, shares that girls felt they struggled ...

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Sharing CBSE approach at WASH Futures 2016

At the recent WASH Futures 2016 Conference Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing Innovation Program staff from Live & Learn and International WaterCentre co-facilitated a workshop to share lessons learned in establishing community-based sanitation marketing enterprises. The workshop presenters were: Annika Kearton and Regina Souter, from International WaterCentre, and Iva Koroisamanunu and Rob Hughes, from Live & Learn. The ...

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Leadership Training for CBSE’s in Vanuatu

A core strategy of the Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing & Innovation Program is to enable local communities to establish Community-Based Sanitation Enterprises to sell affordable toilets and other hygiene products to families in the community. In Vanuatu we are working with cooperatives in informal urban settlements in Shefa Province, and in future will expand to ...

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The role of natural leaders in CLTS

Yesterday the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) hosted a webinar to discuss the opportunities and challenges of working with natural leaders in community-led total sanitation activities. A 'natural' leader is a person in a community who has formal and informal influence on many people through their social ties and networks. An example of a natural community leader ...