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Photo-essay written and photographed for the Asia regional sanitation and hygiene practitioners work

TitleSahapur bazaar community latrine: Bangladesh
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsChessell, S
Pagination12 photographs with description
Date Published2012-01-31
Place PublishedDhaka, Bangladesh
Keywordsbangladesh khulna district, community development, construction, latrines

This photo story is about the construction of five community latrines by the HYSAWA Fund in Bangladesh. In 2010 the Roghunathpur Union Parishad, Dumuria Upazila, Khulna District was selected to participate in the HYSAWA Fund initiative; which is supported by the Government of Bangladesh, AusAID and Danida, to promote decentralised and sustainable WASH service delivery by local government institutions in Bangladesh. This initiative is the first instance of Union Parishads being financed directly to implement, monitor and manage WatSan services for their constituency in response to community demand. In Bangladesh the Annual Development Plan budget for Union Parishads is not more than 2% of total public expenditure and of the allocation for each Union Parishad, the maximum that can be spent on WatSan is 20%. Even where local government institutions have strong systems and skills this is a significant barrier to effective service provision, where a quality public latrine facility can cost over 300,000 Taka – over 50% of an average annual allocation. In Roghunathpur Union capital from the HYSAWA Fund has been used to install safe water supply points, fund community training sessions on hygiene issues, provide capacity support to the government body through training to all functionaries and fund project employees to conduct and monitor community interventions. [authors abstract]

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