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Mainstreaming disability and ageing in water, sanitation and hygiene programmes : a mapping study carried out for WaterAid UK

This report provides a conceptual framework with which to present the current state of play relating to mainstreaming of disability and ageing issues in the WASH sector, based on a review of the existing literature and a call for information circulated via global WASH networks.

Drawing on what has been learnt about the concept of progressive implementation, and stages of mainstreaming gender in development, a continuum was conceptualised, which distinguishes three phases: 

  1. Getting started
  2. Developing institutional approaches to inclusion
  3. Establishing institutional commitment and practice

The long-term vision is for equitable and inclusive practices and procedures to be embedded as standard in all aspects of WASH programmes and services. However, the report could find no examples where this has yet been achieved.

The majority of information received was related to sanitation both at household and institutional levels, especially in schools. Less information was found on accessibility of water supplies and there was only example of hygiene promotion. There was also very little information that referred to activities aimed solely at older people.

The continuum conceptual framework has been trialled with groups of WaterAid programme staff. Based on their feedback, the report concludes that the framework, with refinement, could be a practical tool for WASH implementers.

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