WE: Rural Toilet Builder-Community Sanitation ph2
Rao R. Bhavani
Phase II of the Women’s Empowerment: Rural Toilet Builder and Community Sanitation Project scaled Phase I efforts to 21 states throughout India. WE: Sanitation II extended the initial phase of the program that was conducted from 2014-16. This phase focuses on researching the scalability, wider impact, and establishment of best practices for global knowledge transfer–on the topic of women’s empowerment and community-led total sanitation (CLTS). The inclusion of diverse income-generation programs was also studied, to see if greater economic empowerment would have greater sustainability. Community engagement through the establishment of SHGs, outreach programs, and inclusion into Government of India programs (especially Swachh Bharat Abhayan and Swajal) were also studied.