Max Foundation innovations as local government 'Best Practices'

Local government has chosen to feature 10 of Max Foundation's innovations in their "Best Practice compendium", mainstreaming them on a local government level.

A celebratory moment for Max Foundation! The local government in our programme areas in Bangladesh has selected Max Foundation’s innovations as ‘Best Practices’, and plans to implement them on a larger scale. The mainstreaming of these innovations is a great sign that our work in Bangladesh has been effective, and that our early engagement with the local government can create long lasting change and impact on a larger scale!

The selection of our innovations as Best Practices was done by the National Institute of Local Government under the Ministry of Local Government, as part of the Horizontal Learning Program which aims to strengthen the capacity of local government institutions in Bangladesh.

Of the total twelve Best Practices selected, ten are innovations from Max Foundation. In the pictures and the text below, you can find a summary:

An overview of our selected innovations:

  • Clustered Piped Water Supply: making safe, reliable, proximate drinking water available within rural households 24/7.
  • Bathing Chambers: enables privacy for bathing, and menstrual hygiene management (especially when coupled with piped water supply).
  • Maxi-Basin: connected to drainage systems that enable handwashing proximate to kitchens, dinning areas, and toilets (and reduce the workload when coupled with piped water supply).
  • Twelve-step Latrine: with a single or twin alternating offset pit design enabling the latrine to be located proximate, or even within the house.
  • Septic pit system: offering a low-cost alternative to a septic tank and soak away to accommodate the additional wastewater from bathing chambers and hand washing stations.
  • Fecal Sludge Management: through the provision of training and equipment to sweepers to safely empty, transport, and bury the fecal sludge from direct and offset pit latrines.
  • School Hand Washing Facility: encouraging large group of students to simultaneously practice correct handwashing procedures.
  • School Menstrual Pit: providing adolescent girls the opportunity to dispose of their menstrual pads while attending school when they have their periods.
  • Community Child Growth Monitoring: promoting a collective realization of the differing causes and consequences of acute and chronic undernutrition.
  • Healthy Village: universal access to safely managed water, sanitation, and hygiene services as well as education, health and nutrition services.

The appreciation of our innovations by the Horizontal Learning Program, shows the importance of advocacy & engagement as a pillar of our work, and is a great example of how we aim to advocate for child health. By spreading evidence on the impact of our approach, we spur action on undernutrition and WASH. This mainstreaming of our approach leads towards the end goal: child health!