This paper addresses community participation issues in the sanitation sector. A brief introduction is provided, including a historical explanation of the origins of participation in sanitation projects. Subsequently, Participatory Hygiene And Sanitation Transformation (PHAST), a participatory methodology, is defined and its advantages and disadvantages are discussed.

Additionally, this paper addresses the importance of community participation in the design and implementation of sanitation projects and provides background information on the sanitation sector. Two case studies on dry sanitation taking place in Northern Mexico are presented and analyzed. Finally, conclusions are drawn and recommendations for future projects are given.

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