In April 2015, Plan International Timor-Leste, in partnership with Timorese national organisations BMW, Biahula, FHTL and Fraterna was awarded a contract with the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) funded BESIK Water Supply and Sanitation Programme to design four to six low-cost latrines, including one with universal accessibility.
This report details the products of that project, that have been developed with feedback from masons, consumers, the business community and the Government of Timor-Leste's Department of Basic Sanitation.
The four final designs feature latrines that have been made from a range of materials, and protypes have already been made in three districts by local masons.
Access to improved sanitation in Timor-Leste has been an ongoing challenge since the nation became independent in 2002.
This project aimed to fill the gap in latrines that are available for rural communities in Timor-Leste. The designs are durable, low-cost and made from locally available materials by local masons.