Determinants of Usage of Communal Sanitation Facilities in Informal Settlements of Kisumu, Kenya
This paper draws on SHARE PhD Student Sheillah Simiyu's research into urban sanitation in Kenya. Communal sanitation facilities in space-stricken informal settlements have often been deemed the most feasible solution for increasing access to and use of sanitation facilities in these settings. However, to date little is known about their use and effectiveness, particularly in Africa’s informal settlements. This study used quantitative and qualitative methods to assess the determinants of use of communal sanitation facilities in the informal settlements of Kisumu. It found that factors such as location/siting, inadequate maintenance, economic aspects, and gender issues influence the use of communal facilities. The paper concludes by summarising implications for policy, practice and research.