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Evaluations/Assessments | June 21, 2010

Rapid Assessment of CRS Experience with Arborloos in East Africa

This rapid assessment reviews sanitation activities by Catholic Relief Services in East Africa, in particular the promotion of the Arborloo—an innovative latrine designed to help achieve sustainable and scalable sanitation improvements in rural Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda.

The assessment explored the factors affecting Arborloo acceptance and sustainability, the scope and approaches for scaling up the latrine, and opportunities to foster links between community and school sanitation.


  • Executive Summary

  • Introduction

  • Study Objectives and Methods

  • Background to the Arborloo and Promotional Methods

  • Extent of Arborloo Installations in East Africa

  • Factors Influencing Acceptance and Sustainability of Arborloos

  • Gender Issues, Religion and Pastoralism

  • Linkage between Community and School Sanitation

  • Costs of Arborloos

  • Factors Affecting the Scale-up of Sanitation and Arborloos and the Readiness of CRS to Lead the Way

  • Areas Where Sanitation and Arborloos Could be Scaled Up

  • Overall Conclusions

  • References

  • Annexes