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People’s Choice First

People’s Choice First
A 4-Country Comparative Validation of the HCES Planning Approach for Environmental Sanitation

NCCR North-South Dialogue No. 22

by Christoph Lüthi, Antoine Morel, Petra Kohler, Elizabeth Tilley

Bern, NCCR North-South 2009

From 2006 until the end of 2008, the participatory Household-Centered Environmental Sanitation approach (HCES) was tested in 7 different urban and periurban sites across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Case studies from four of the seven sites are presented and analysed in this publication. More than just offering a summary of what happened during the planning process, the goal of presenting these case studies is to analyse why it happened the way it did.

Unique aspects of this publication include:

  • Case studies covering 3 continents, from small sections of dense urban areas to large, peri-urban communities;

  • Summaries of fully completed, as well as partially completed, case studies, along with the reasons for respective successes and failures;

  • Analysis of the true duration and costs associated with so-called “participatory planning” in challenging urban environments.

Planners, engineers and policy-makers using the HCES or a similar approach will hopefully find this collection of experiences useful and applicable to their own work.

Lüthi Ch, Morel A, Kohler P, Tilley E. 2009 People’s Choice First: A 4-Country Comparative Validation of the HCES Planning Approach for Environmental Sanitation. NCCR North-South Dialogue, 22. Bern, Switzerland: NCCR North-South.


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