June 2022

SanPlan: The Sanitation Planning Tool

Use SanPlan to design sanitation programs by exploring highly-localized, contextual, spatial data. SanPlan harmonizes data from multiple sources so that you can visualize geographic patterns and local contexts from anywhere.

What is the SanPlan tool?

SanPlan saves sanitation practitioners the time and challenges of collecting, analyzing, and mapping data to inform their program design by giving them access to key contextual data required for planning sanitation programs all in one place. SanPlan brings together data on settlement-level accessibility, environmental, demographic, socioeconomic, and WASH factors and displays the information spatially within a map. Users can explore trends and patterns within a geographic area, or use the built-in filters and sliders to customize their analysis and download detailed, granular data on their area of interest.

Who should use this tool?

The tool is designed for anyone in the planning or budgeting phase of a sanitation project at the national, regional or local scale. Typical users might include government agencies, program funders, and implementing partners who are looking to understand more existing context where they are planning to work. Users might use SanPlan to identify where communities with high open defecation rates and low access to sanitation are in a specific region, or they may be interested to know how many settlement areas/communities in their region are on a major roadway.

How does the tool work?

SanPlan uses existing publicly available data and links it to a specific location on the map. This allows users to click anywhere on the map and access information on key contextual factors. Because GPS locations for communities are often unknown or difficult to obtain, SanPlan has developed its own method for identifying communities and settlements of all sizes on the map. (You can learn more about this below). In the future, users will be able to upload their own community locations and data and have them visualized in the map.


The Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS) project is a five-year (2016–2021) USAID Task Order working to improve water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programming by identifying, researching and sharing best practices for the delivery of WASH services and sustained behavior change.

Try the tool: https://www.sanplan.app/

Sponsored by USAID and TetraTech

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