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The PILS project is an initiative of IRC, NETWAS Uganda and Caritas Gulu. PILS-Performance Improvement through Learning on Sanitation is a two-year project that began in October 2009. PILS assists local government and NGOs to improve rural household and school sanitation and hygiene. The project will facilitate district- and sub-county-based learning and action research in three districts of North Uganda: Pader, Gulu and Kitgum. PILS is funded by the Austrian Development Agency


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 Multi stakeholder learning on sanitation: an approach appreciated in the Acholi Sub Region.

The main purpose of this briefing note is to showcase how learning has impacted on the district and sub county stakeholders, including CSOs and school stakeholder, with the view to share beyond the project area, with other stakeholders from other districts, the achievements and lessons learnt from the learning approach that was adopted.
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Effective Coordination: a potential solution for improving Sanitation and Hygiene coverage in the Districts of Northern Uganda

 This briefing note is aimed at all water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) stakeholders working in the three Districts of Gulu, Kitgum and Pader, in Northern Uganda. It looks at the context and changing trend in the Acholi Sub-region, where the three districts are located, in terms of coordination among stakeholders involved in sanitation and hygiene promotion. This document introduces the Performance Improvement through Learning on Sanitation (PILS) project and its impacts on coordination. It further analyses the remaining gaps in coordination structures at both District and Sub county levels, with clear recommendations for improvement.

How the PILS project improved coordination and WASH performance in Gulu, Kitgum and Pader districts, Northern Uganda

This paper discusses the benefits of sharing and learning while implementing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects. This case shows how stakeholders participating in the PILS project in Gulu district between 2009 and 2012 have been working together to put in place a system to improve WASH service delivery through better learning and coordination in the district and subcounties.


Sustaining and improving the learning platforms in Northern Uganda beyond PILS: recommendations for local stakeholders

Here you will find the review of the PILS learning approach and proposed handing over of the promotion of learning to the Districts.

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Behaviour change for improved hygiene and sanitation: not only a household affair!

There is common agreement in the WASH sector that household hygiene and sanitation in rural areas in developing countries is, first and foremost, the responsibility of the household. With the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach, a stronger role of the community has been introduced in changing the hygiene and sanitation behaviour of the household members.

The PILS (Performance Improvement through Learning in Sanitation) project in three districts in Northern Uganda has focused on strengthening the supporting role to communities of local government and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) by facilitating district- and sub-county-based learning and action research. Working in a post-war environment, PILS has shown that improvements in coordination and the introduction of a learning process among the decentralised stakeholders can contribute to innovation, better financing and local solutions. The experiences with the PILS project can help the development of hygiene and sanitation policies and their implementation in Uganda.

This briefing note looks at the context of sanitation and hygiene in Northern Uganda, describes the PILS learning approach and methodology, and sets out the key learnings from the PILS experience.

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