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TitleMonitoring urban sanitation : old challenges and new approaches
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsCollender, G
Pagination8 p.; ill.
Date Published2011-09-01
Place PublishedLondon, UK
Keywordscase studies, monitoring, pit latrines, sanitation services, slum upgrading, urban areas

Nearly 800 million people in urban areas worldwide lack access to adequate sanitation, according to official data. However, this is likely to be an underestimate because slums are often not included in surveys. Improving the quality of information and disaggregating data about sanitation practices in slums, therefore, is necessary to gauge the scale and extent of the challenge – a first step towards addressing the problem. This briefing note explores these issues and suggests how additional research could lead to better data collection and, in turn, could influence policy and improve programmes. [authors abstract]

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