This is the story of community led total sanitation (CLTS) in Nanded, a fast growing city in the south-eastern part of Maharashtra in India.
Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) is undeniably the biggest breakthrough in sanitation in recent times, coinciding with the turn of the millennium. Since its beginning in Bangladesh in 1999, CLTS has now spread to more than 50 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Fifteen countries have CLTS as part of their national policy or strategy.
CLTS has achieved impressive results in rural areas in many parts pf the world. Use of CLTS in an urban context is relatively. Kalyani near Kolkata was the first city in India to use CLTS to make 54 slum ODF in 2008. CLTS is also being adapted to and implemented in urban areas in Africa, for example in Kenya (Matare, Nairobi) and Mauritania (Rosso).
The story of CLTS in Nanded is still unfolding and may be carrying valuable insights for using CLTS in an urban context.