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Slum life: Improving sanitation through community action

Nearly 800 million people living in urban areas worldwide lack sanitation, and this challenge was centre stage at World Water Week in Stockholm this August. Sheela Patel, chair of Shack/Slum Dwellers International – one of SHARE’s partners – urged delegates at the prestigious event to recognise slums as neighbourhoods producing their own solutions, rather than a sea of dilapidated shacks. In this episode, she repeats her plea for the urban poor to be involved in decision-making and shows how public toilets are at the heart of slum upgrading.

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