We foster community through these forums and networks.


HWTS or the Network
on Household Water
Treatment and
Safe Storage

The International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS Network) is a World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund initiative bringing together over 150 key stakeholders worldwide to promote and scale up the adoption of practices and technologies that improve the quality of household drinking water for vulnerable populations. The informal network format emphasizes flexibility, participation and creativity to support coordinated action. Hosted and guided by WHO and UNICEF, participants include UN agencies, development agencies, non-governmental organizations, research institutions, international professional associations and the private sector. Participation is open to all interested parties that agree with the Network’s mission.

WaSHMEL or Water,
Sanitation and Hygiene
Monitoring, Evaluation
and Learning

The WaSHMEL project is an initiative sponsored by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and led by The Water Institute at UNC. The project is dedicated to creating, sharing, and implementing cutting-edge monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) tools for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) practitioners. The project fosters a collaborative, global community of practice around WaSH monitoring and evaluation and catalyzes the exchange and dissemination of knowledge and best practices. With advanced WaSH monitoring, evaluation and learning, the project seeks to drive ever-greater gains in water, sanitation and hygiene for the world’s poorest of the poor. The WaSHMEL team invite all stakeholders to visit and contribute to the project’s resource and discussion centers on the WaSHMEL website.

CLTS or Testing
Community-Led Total
Sanitation Approaches
to Scalability Project

Plan International USA and the Water Institute at UNC are working together to study the role of local actors (government officials, school teachers, and natural leaders) in the implementation of Community-Led Total Sanitation. The ‘Testing Community-Led Total Sanitation Approaches to Scalability’ project aims to evaluate whether an increased role for local actors will improve CLTS effectiveness while also making it more scalable. Community-led total sanitation (CLTS) is an approach to sanitation promotion that has spread to communities across South Asia, Latin America and Africa over the past 15 years. This approach seeks to eliminate open defecation and encourage the construction and use of sanitation facilities through triggering of grassroots community mobilization.