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Ensure national ownership is at the centre and maximise existing local government structures.

TitleLocal governance and sanitation : eight lessons from Community-Led Total Sanitation at scale through local governments in Uganda
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsEngland, P, Adyero, C, Hangi, B, Jimmy, MK, Mbaha, EP
Secondary TitleGSF in focus
Pagination24 p. : 2 fig., photogr.
Date Published02/2017
PublisherWater Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
Place PublishedGeneva, Switzerland
Publication LanguageEnglish

This case study presents eight lessons learned from the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) supported Uganda Sanitation Fund (USF) in coordinating, planning, and implementing Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) at scale through a decentralised government system.

The eight lessons are:

  • ensure national ownership is at the centre
  • maximise existing local government structures
  • balance local management with central support
  • go beyond training workshops
  • change attitudes to ensure communities take the lead
  • encourage a strong focus on results
  • trigger local political support
  • strategically partner with civil society

The USF, which began in 2011, is implemented by District Local Governments under the overall management of the Ministry of Health. 




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