The world is urbanising rapidly, and as a result, many the world’s challenges – and its biggest opportunities – are increasingly centred on cities.

As informal settlements on the edge of towns and cities in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia grow, so does the number of people lacking access to the most basic of services like water and sanitation.

WSUP has been focused on tackling this challenge since 2005, and our work uses four inter-linked approaches:

Programmes: long-term work in our six core countries to test innovative ways in which we can improve the effectiveness and reach of service providers, and improve the enabling environment.

Research: advancing understanding of how policies and practices can be improved to achieve the greatest improvement of services to low-income customers.

WSUP Advisory: our consultancy division which offers technical assistance, building on WSUP’s experience in the field.

Supporting investment: working with city authorities to create the right conditions for increased investment, and mobilise more resources for services.

WSUP is a key partner for DFID in the delivery of market-based solutions for poverty alleviation in fast growing cities in Africa and Asia. WSUP's innovative approach to developing sustainable water and sanitation services for the poorest consumers in these cities is highly respected and valued.

James Wharton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of StateDepartment for International Development

Our business plan

For more on how WSUP works to create change in urban water and sanitation, read our 2016-2020 Business Plan.