Not just any toilet–women’s solutions to sanitation in informal settlements in Nairobi

Samantha Winter, Francis Barchi, Millicent Ningoma Dzombo

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Abstract

Evidence suggests sanitation development is more effective when women are involved. The purpose of this study was to provide women with an opportunity to share their perspectives and solutions to sanitation in informal settlements. Data were collected through 55 in-depth interviews with women in Mathare Valley informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya. The most common solution was to build more toilets, but women had a variety of suggestions–including gender-specific solutions. Findings from this study suggest that it is imperative to start addressing women-specific burdens associated with sanitation in informal settlements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-25
Number of pages11
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development

Keywords

  • Environment (built and natural)
  • Gender and diversity
  • Social sector–Water and sanitation
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

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