Approaching gender from a constructive, strengths-based perspective has potential to influence practice in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs towards positive gender outcomes. Plan International Vietnam (Plan) and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) introduced Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) as part of their water, sanitation and hygiene programs in Vietnam. SNV has also integrated supply chain development within their WASH programming. Both agencies have used their programs to expand their understanding of links between gender and WASH. Through adoption of four principles developed in recent research on gender and WASH in the Pacific, the two agencies explored how community-led approaches and partnership with women’s organisations can be used to open up dialogue about gender roles, to build capacity of staff and partners to address gender equality and to work towards strengthened gender outcomes. [authors abstract]
This case study is one of sixteen from the Towards Inclusive WASH series, supported by AusAID’s Innovations Fund.