There was a good example of asking girls in India to help design their school and toilet facilities to make sure they could go any time without feeling embarrassed - looks like a good design solution
Sanitation and Water for All is engaging with Ministers of Water, Environment, Health, and most importantly Finance to help make sanitation, water, and hygiene political priorities.
Was talking to someone interesting this weekend who suggested that two of the main things that drive everyone - from politicians to the average person - are money and the threat of embarrassment. Surely working on both could make a difference.....
Probably women also assess a latrine by how close it is! And how much of a line is in front of it....
Good evidence on the cost effectiveness of sanitation is key. In addition the extensive data that demonstrates the health, education, and environmental benefits of sanitation need to be digestible for decision makers. It is not enough to have the data but we need to use it in a meaningful way.
@johnwsauer @anisha: so take the government out of the equation?
Another big question: As we move closer to the deadline for the MDGs and continue to shape the agenda for the post 2015 development goals, where does sanitation fit in?
How about toilets linked to biogas production, where the energy produced is sold and the money goes to maintaining toilets (or building new ones)?
@Anisha Shankar: And in rural areas you can throw in livestock waste as well to digest and turn into energy - which has the nice side benefit of reducing emissions of methane, an important driver of climate change
The great thing is that action on this can be sold as a win-win: By putting in toilets (linked to biodigesters for bioenergy) you get safer women, fewer health problems, reduced climate-changing emissions, clean energy and potentially money in the hands of investors
Not to mention reduced deforestation, since people can use methane gas for cooking and don't need to go out and find firewood (another danger for women in many places).....
@Astrid It is important that sanitation, water, and hygiene should be high on the post-2015 agenda. We need to be thinking about not only what the content of the goal will be but how we will achieve it and how we will measure it.