NEEDLE 2015 is a collaboration between the World Bank Group and BBC Media Action to support the Government of India’s sanitation campaign. NEEDLE 2015 brings together practitioners, thinkers, researchers and innovators, in an effort to move the needle on stopping open defecation. 

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Efforts from sanitation facilitators and other key stakeholders working for Indonesia's sanitation program showcase the country's transformational changes in rural sanitation service delivery. The program, supported by WSP, increased access to improved sanitation to 1.9 million people and made 1,118 villages Open Defecation Free by the end of 2014.

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In Cambodia, more than half of the population lacks access to improved sanitation. The World Bank Water Global Practice’s Water and Sanitation Program is supporting the local government to deliver sustainable sanitation service delivery at scale.

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Newly released synthesis report presents findings from sanitation programs in 47 field sites across 6 Asian countries, covering rural, urban and peri-urban areas.  

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Although the impact of poor sanitation and hygiene is often measured by the effects on children, most sanitation and hygiene interventions target adults. This new series developed jointly by UNICEF and WSP provides an overview of available data on child feces disposal in 26 countries. Each brief concludes with ideas to consider, based on emerging good practice. 

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