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The Global Learning Event of Global Sanitation Fund was organised from 23rd to 30th April 2016 in Madagascar.  GSF currently supports programmes in thirteen countries and aims to develop programmes in three additional countries in 2016. With over ten million people now reported to be living in ODF environments and some eight million people using improved sanitation thanks to GSF-supported programmes, a lot has been learned in terms of effective programming and a range of innovative methodologies and approaches have been tested and rolled out. The 2016 Global Learning Event brought these experiences to the fore and discussed potential for wider application and replication.

This learning event was a technical meeting, focusing strongly on effectiveness and quality of programming approaches and strategies around sustainability and scale. This included topics such as post-ODF sustainability and slippage, participatory approaches in behavior change and sanitation marketing and technology development, quality assurance and monitoring; but also (local) governance and coordination, decentralized programme delivery mechanisms, and the role of GSF as a catalyst for wider sector programming and change.

The Event consisted of two main parts. The first three days were used to gain an in-depth understanding of the Madagascar programme and its innovations through a mix of field trips, a sub-grantee Fair, and opportunities for exchange with a range of sector stakeholders. The second part of the meeting focussed on the global learning event, and involved detailed exchange and learning across the 13 countries.

The Indian Delegation comprised Anand Shekhar, Team Leader of Executing Agency, GSF in India, Mr D P Singh, Chief Engineer, PHED, Government of Bihar and Mr Murari Chaudhary, Executive Director, NEEDs-a Sub Grantee of GSF program in India. Mr Shekhar made a presentation on Demand and supply: supply-side approaches from a community perspective, issues of sequencing, marketing and financial incentives in the Global Learning Event.