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Poverty and sanitation : an analysis of the linkage between poverty and access to basic sanitation in Honduras

In Honduras, one of the key topics of the official Strategic Plan for Modernizing the Water and Sanitation Sector is political and administrative decentralization, under which a detailed plan for meeting the MDGs is a priority. This document was prepared with support from the World Bank Water and Sanitation Program to highlight the linkages between poverty and access to sanitation services. It shows that the poorest Hondurans, those living in dispersed rural communities and peri-urban slums, have the least access to appropriate sanitation technologies and coverage. The resulting high risks to the environment and family health are identified.

An analysis of poverty levels among rural and urban households and their access to sanitation solutions is elaborated and key aspects for improving services and contributing to sector policies, strategies and investment plans that target the poor are identified. The analysis is based on a broad review of available documentation and data, and identifies the need to: a) prioritize pro-poor policies designed to facilitate access to improved and sustainable sanitation services; b) adopt innovative, appropriate technologies and technical support; c) recognize the capacity of communities to organize and to contribute to their own development, by nurturing the participation of civil society organizations and strengthening them to fulfil their roles; d) create a system to monitor programs’ performance; and e) involve the coordinated participation of NGOs and international agencies in developing sanitation programs.
For urban areas, concentrated rural communities and dispersed rural villages different scenario's to improve access to sanitation are presented.

TitlePoverty and sanitation : an analysis of the linkage between poverty and access to basic sanitation in Honduras
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsMairena, R.
Pagination32 p. : 11 fig., 13 tab.
Date Published2008-01-01
PublisherWater and Sanitation Program - Latin American and Carribean Region
Place PublishedTegucigalpa, Honduras
Keywordsaccess to sanitation, honduras, institutional aspects, poverty, rural areas, sdilac, urban areas
Abstract

In Honduras, one of the key topics of the official Strategic Plan for Modernizing the Water and Sanitation Sector is political and administrative decentralization, under which a detailed plan for meeting the MDGs is a priority. This document was prepared with support from the World Bank Water and Sanitation Program to highlight the linkages between poverty and access to sanitation services. It shows that the poorest Hondurans, those living in dispersed rural communities and peri-urban slums, have the least access to appropriate sanitation technologies and coverage. The resulting high risks to the environment and family health are identified.

An analysis of poverty levels among rural and urban households and their access to sanitation solutions is elaborated and key aspects for improving services and contributing to sector policies, strategies and investment plans that target the poor are identified. The analysis is based on a broad review of available documentation and data, and identifies the need to: a) prioritize pro-poor policies designed to facilitate access to improved and sustainable sanitation services; b) adopt innovative, appropriate technologies and technical support; c) recognize the capacity of communities to organize and to contribute to their own development, by nurturing the participation of civil society organizations and strengthening them to fulfil their roles; d) create a system to monitor programs’ performance; and e) involve the coordinated participation of NGOs and international agencies in developing sanitation programs.
For urban areas, concentrated rural communities and dispersed rural villages different scenario's to improve access to sanitation are presented.

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