Sanitation marketing for five Cambodia Provinces: A Joint IDE, Lien Aid, & WTO Project in Cambodia

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Latrine-building projects have been a popular form of development assistance for decades. These types of projects act as “hardware subsidies”, where the desired sanitation technology is installed by the Government or large NGO relatively free of charge to the recipients, often lacking any form of outreach or community engagement, with the belief that, “if you build it, they will come”. But do these types of programs actually work? Abundant evidence exists for hardware subsidy projects that fail in the long-term, due to no personal motivation or ‘ownership’ of the recipients for the facility. Too often, follow-up studies to these types of projects find the latrine having fallen into disuse, due perhaps to lack of understanding of proper maintenance procedures or lack of desire by the recipients to use it.

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