How to get to SDG 6: Invisible barriers to urban water and sanitation

Ahead of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF), the Skoll Foundation has published an editorial from WSUP on improving water and sanitation systems in cities. By Neil Jeffery, Chief Executive, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) What do you think of when you think about improving water and sanitation? No doubt the first […]

Aerial footage from Maputo

New film: helping cities improve access to water and sanitation

By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas: with much of the urban growth expected to take place in developing regions, particularly Africa. As a result, managing urbanisation has become one of the most important development challenges of the 21st century. People are moving to cities in search of economic opportunities […]

Gasia Poa - Kisumu

Join us at the WEDC Conference in Nakuru, Kenya

Next month WSUP will be discussing citywide sanitation, scaling up water businesses and other topics at the 41st WEDC conference in Nakuru, Kenya. The conference, running from 9-13 July, is co-hosted with Egerton University (Nakuru) and will address the theme of “transformation towards sustainable and resilient WASH services”. Nakuru is one of six cities in Kenya […]

Achieving national impact through regulatory improvements

WSUP’s Country Programme Manager for Kenya, Kariuki Mugo, explains how a new key performance indicator for the water regulator could have a transformative impact on how utilities serve low-income customers across the country. For WSUP, working to improve the capacity of service providers so that they can provide better water and sanitation services to the […]

Empowering adolescent girls through user-centred design

Well-designed school toilets lay the foundation to change children’s hygiene behaviour. Through user-centred design approaches, WSUP is working to best create facilities that are appropriate for girls to better manage their menstrual hygiene needs. In Madagascar, around 40% of schools in the country lack latrines and the ones that exist are often not optimally designed […]


Lord Boateng announced as new Chair of WSUP

Lord Paul Boateng DL PC, former British High Commissioner to South Africa and a Minister in Tony Blair’s Labour government, has been appointed as the new Chair of the Board for WSUP. The appointment will support WSUP’s growth plans and enable WSUP to further support cities in developing countries to improve access to vital water […]

Communal WASH facilities in Kalshi slum, Dhaka

40 years in the global WASH sector: what have we learnt?

By Bill Peacock, who retired as Director of Programmes at WSUP in March 2018 My 40 years in the global water, sanitation and hygiene sector have been (for the main part!) enjoyable and rewarding.  I have seen some good interventions in the sector, alongside too many examples of unsustainable investment. The current generation has a […]

Launch of WADA Madagascar

Improving access to water and sanitation services for 450,000 Malagasy people

On 25th April, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Coca Cola Foundation (TCCF), through their Water and Development Alliance (WADA) global partnership, launched a project to improve access to safe water and sanitation services for hundreds of thousands of people in three of Madagascar’s major urban centres. The project will be […]

Kanyama first transfer station

Reporting back: five years of catalysing private sector involvement in urban sanitation

Since December 2012, we have been implementing a programme which explored how to catalyse private sector involvement in on-site sanitation, using three test countries: Bangladesh, Kenya and Zambia. The programme enabled us to try different technologies, models and ways of working that we otherwise may not have been able to pursue and five years later, […]

Between carrot and stick

A government minister’s signature at the bottom of a newly passed bill can be the result of years of concerted effort from numerous stakeholders. But that signature doesn’t automatically translate into sustained change on the ground, which is where it matters. This is the situation in urban Ghana, where public toilets continue to be a […]