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Sani Tweaks: Best practices in sanitation

Sanitation Green CardA series of communications tools promoting best practice in sanitation

Studies have shown that agencies are failing to properly consult the users of the latrines they build, leading many people (especially women and girls) to stop using those latrines as they find them inaccessible, unsuitable and/or unsafe. To address this, the Oxfam WASH team has developed the following resources to promote best practice in sanitation and ultimately provide universal guidance for the benefit of the sector.

What is Sani Tweaks?

Recent research across our refugee response programmes has shown that a worrying number of women and girls are not using the latrines we provide. Low sanitation usage rates mean that we are not meeting the needs of the communities we work with and will additionally result in increased public health risks in emergency situations.

To address this, the Oxfam WASH team has developed a series of communications tools that seek to promote best practices in sanitation. The 'tweaks' highlighted by the series are intended to inform technical staff, to encourage continuous improvement and ultimately inspire a more effective approach to the design and construction of latrines. For it is such small improvements that will make the difference between whether a woman or girl uses the latrine or not.

Who is it for?

The series is aimed at technical WASH staff at field level, with the aim of encouraging proactive and practical implementation of the best practices highlighted. It is also very much intended to be used as universal guidance by all agencies and adapted to suit individual needs.

Available resources

The following is a list of Sani Tweaks resources.

  • Sani Tweaks checklist;
  • an illustrated version (in English and French
  • an animated version (see video below); and 
  • a series of technical videos (see episode 1). 

All are available in both English and French. For more information about the Sani Tweaks series, please contact us.

Sani Tweaks: Best Practices in Sanitation

In collaboration with the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance, Oxfam produced the Sani Tweaks series to promote best sanitation practices for the benefit of the sector. It was produced for the purposes of all agencies to adapt and use in accordance with individual needs. 

This is also available in French

ASK ANDY Episode 1 Spotlight on Safety

This video is part of the Sani Tweaks series, published by Oxfam GB (for Oxfam International) to promote best practices in sanitation programmes.

Oxfam wishes to thank all Global Humanitarian Team Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Advisors and Humanitarian Support Personnel for their guidance in the production of the Sani Tweaks series. Additional acknowledgements are due to the following people for their individual contributions: Shannon Lattin, Ana Barbara Mendes, Rachel Hastie, Julie Lafrenière, Tanya Glanville-Wallis, Esther Shaylor, Moury Rahman, Rula Sukkar, Ed Blagden, Tim Hill, Abdullah Shariff Ampilan, Marion O'Reilly, and Foyeke Tolani.