Why the Latrines in Benin are so Few and Far Between: Implications for Improving Sanitation in Developing Countries

by Marion Jenkins,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: WRPMD'99: Preparing for the 21st Century


(No paper) This paper contributes to such an understanding with research about how consumers make their sanitation choices in developing countries from a case study of latrine adoption behavior in West Africa. The research approach and an overview of key findings from a three-phased investigation of the decision to install a pit latrine by household heads in rural Benin are reported. The results from the studies suggest new ways of thinking about sanitation choice in developing countries with important implications for the design of technologies, the delivery of services, and the planning and implementing of demand-led sanitation projects.

Subject Headings: Developing countries | Case studies | Sanitary engineering | Rural areas | Project management | Africa | Benin

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