The project was a research collaboration between Center for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS) of Argentina (Universidad Nacional de La Plata), UNICEF and PEP with funding from the Gates Foundation. It was led by PEP’s Policy Impact Evaluation Research Initiative (PIERI) coordinator Maria Laura Alzua (CEDLAS-PEP) and former PIERI coordinator Habiba Djebbari (Aix-Marseille School of Economics and GREQAM) in collaboration with Massa Coulibaly (GREAT, Mali) and Maria Adelaida Lopera (PEP, Université Laval).
The Best of UNICEF Research competition is an annual exercise, led by the Office of Research – Innocenti, that draws attention to a vital part of UNICEF’s work – the generation of knowledge that informs action, shapes policy and shifts discourses in order to improve the lives of children everywhere. This competition aims to recognize and reward efforts by UNICEF staff to produce or commission high quality research, and thus to foster a commitment to the generation and use of rigorous evidence in our work. It also serves to promote the sharing of research findings that have wide relevance within and beyond UNICEF. The project assesses the impacts of Community-Led Total Sanitation, an innovative methodology for mobilising communities to completely eliminate open defecation, through a control trial among 121 villages in the district of Koulikoro in Mali.
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