Demonstrating Community-Led Approach to Sanitation in Yangon

The PDA will demonstrate innovative and sustainable methodologies for the planning and delivery of demand-driven sanitation infrastructure with community involvement.

Report Card

Completed in December 2013, this PDA

  • Improved solid waste management with a household level collection system and proper final disposal
  • Access to improved sanitation, through flood and fly proof sanitary latrines


Since 2011, Myanmar has embarked on increasing investments to upgrade and expand urban infrastructure and services, mainly for major or primary infrastructure. It may take years to build these infrastructure and for them to have any impact at the individual household level, particularly in peri-urban areas and informal settlements, where the needs are most urgent.

This PDA aims to demonstrate the feasibility of creating sustainable environmental improvements in the short term by working directly with communities on better local infrastructure and services. It would demonstrate an approach that is financially and operationally sustainable, can be linked to primary infrastructure investments, and can be expanded to have an impact on a city-wide and national scale. The area proposed is one of the slum areas in Dawbon Township, Yangon.

Expected Outcomes

  • Improved access to sanitation, including flood proof sanitary latrines
  • Improved solid waste management, including collection system and identification of means of final disposal
  • Established Joint Maintenance Fund with contributions from beneficiaries
  • Documented processes in Burmese and English for dissemination