Plan International Ethiopia: Teacher- Facilitated Community-Led Total Sanitation

Implementation Narrative and Project Video • January 13, 2016

The Testing CLTS Approaches for Scalability grant 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 Ethiopia, the project assesses teacher‐facilitated CLTS as an alternative to the conventional facilitation approach led by health extension workers (HEWs). The project was implemented in six Kebeles: teacher‐facilitated in four; HEWs together with Kebele administrators facilitated in the remaining two. Three of the Kebeles were located in Deksis District, Oromia region and three were in Dara District, SNNP region. HEWs were responsible for community triggering, follow‐up and reporting for control Kebeles, while teachers were responsible for the same in the treatment Kebeles.

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 teachers have in addressing barriers to sanitation behavior change and supporting the achievement of open defecation free status in Ethiopia.

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.