Plan International Ghana: Community-Led Total Sanitation with Capacity Building for Natural Leaders

Implementation Narrative and Project Video • December 9, 2015

The Testing CLTS Approaches for Scalability project is a four year, sanitation focused, operational research project that aims to advance rural sanitation efforts in Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, and worldwide by improving the cost-effectiveness and scalability of the CLTS approach, with a particular focus on the role of local actors. In Ghana, the project assesses the effectiveness of increasing the capacity of local actors (natural leaders), thereby enabling them to carry out post-triggering activities and reduce their dependency on local non-governmental organizations (LNGOs) for follow-up. The project was implemented in the Volta, Central and Upper West regions of the country. Plan Ghana and their partners implemented conventional CLTS in 20 communities from each region, for a total of 60 communities. 30 of these communities were randomly assigned to receive additional training. In these 30 communities, we identified natural leaders to receive training and mentoring in a variety of topics.

In each of the pilot evaluation countries, the project team at Plan International document their progress throughout the implementation part of the grant. This Implementation Narrative accordingly reflects this process and introduce project team analysis of factors that enabled and constrained implementation. It is our aim that, should other practitioner oriented organizations be interested in applying this adaptation of the CLTS approach, they can do so by following the steps laid out in this report.

In addition to this Implementation Narrative, a new video highlights the impact natural leaders have in addressing barriers to sanitation behavior change, supporting the achievement of open defecation free status, and reducing the dependency on LNGOs for facilitation in Ghana.

External Resources

The Testing CLTS Approaches for Scalability project involves The Water Institute at UNC working with Plan International USA to evaluate whether capacity strengthening of local actors influences CLTS outcomes. Our activities span 10 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. More information, project resources, and news are available at the project website.