Improvements to water, sanitation and hygiene are only possible at scale if challenges at a policy level are addressed.
The root cause to where we are, has been to a large extent lack of coordination among the responsible institutions who are supposed to provide the services.
Supporting the African Sanitation Policy Guidelines
A suitable enabling environment provides a solid foundation for inclusive sanitation planning, investment, and management. WSUP has worked closely with the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), Speak Up Africa and UNICEF to produce a joint report, highlighting the importance of the guidelines in helping countries solve multiple systemic, institutional and market barriers to WASH services.
Citywide Inclusive Sanitation
WSUP has worked closely with Eastern and Southern Africa Water and Sanitation (ESAWAS) Regulators Association to lead efforts to introduce effective Citywide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS). A joint series was published, looking at CWIS in terms of three closely related requirements for achieving safe, inclusive and sustainable urban sanitation.
Creating a citywide sanitation plan in Kenya
In Malindi, on Kenya’s coastline, three-quarters of the city’s 310,000 residents have no access to safely managed sanitation. WSUP is working with city authorities to devise an ambitious plan to tackle the problem.
The role of stronger regulators
Stronger regulators can play an important role in improving sanitation for under-served urban residents. Working with the regulators’ association ESAWAS, we identified key areas where regulators are driving change for the poorest.
Lessons on systems change from Lusaka and Maputo
WSUP’s report, Systems Reboot, examines how cities can address major barriers to delivering citywide sanitation services. The report bases its findings on experiences from two cities where WSUP has worked for over 10 years.