Achieving total sanitation and hygiene coverage within a generation – lessons from East Asia

Achieving total sanitation and hygiene coverage within a generation: lessons from East Asia, 2016. WaterAid.

This paper introduces some of the findings from research in four East Asian countries – Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand – which aims to fill that gap. These countries were selected because they produced rapid and remarkable results in delivering total sanitation coverage in their formative stages as nation states.

Although their initial conditions were very different from those currently found in ‘fragile’ and ‘least-developed’ countries in Africa and South Asia, some useful conclusions can be used to inform discussions on development of strategic
approaches to delivering sanitation for all:

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