CBS | Community Based Sanitation

Official statistics suggest that about 2.6 billion people do not have access to “improved” sanitation. 75% live in Asia, 18% live in Africa and 5% live in Latin America and the Caribean.

The CBS framework is tailored to improve sanitation conditions in densely populated urban areas. Project implementations depend on the active cooperation of communities, governments, NGOs, and the private sector. Implementation of smart and proven technical options are synthesized with capacity building measures and technical expertise to mainstream Community-Based Sanitation (CBS) as a viable technical option in areas, where neither individual on-site systems nor centralized sewerage systems can fulfill the need of stakeholders for basic sanitation.

CBS projects are based on a holistic and demand responsive approach. Instead of simply providing sanitation “hardware”, CBS-projects aim to improve hygiene behavior and sanitation infrastructure in a more integrated and sustainable manner. CBS projects generally focus on poor and densely populated areas and closely reflect preferences of the target communities.

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