SWEEP vacuum tanker in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Enabling the private sector to provide affordable sanitation services in Bangladesh

Utilities and local governments struggle to deliver safely managed sanitation to residents at the scale required to serve everyone in the city. Sanitation SMEs have a critical role to play in helping to bridge the service gap, offering efficiency, innovation and flexibility to address complex issues. But what role should the public sector play in […]


Gasia Poa operators at work in Kisumu, August 2017

Regulatory reform: stacking the odds in favour of formal sanitation businesses

It is no secret that sanitation is a challenging area for formal businesses to profit from. The use of the term “formal” here is deliberate, and important – so what does it mean? A formal pit emptying business, for example, is likely to be registered and licensed by the municipality to conduct pit emptying services, […]


Kanyama flooded pit latrine in construction

Innovations to combat the spread of cholera in cities

Cholera is a common public health burden in cities across the developing world, and tackling the spread of cholera in low-income communities is of high priority for city authorities. Particularly in regions where rainy seasons lead to frequent flooding, residents who rely on unimproved sanitation and drinking water facilities are at risk of exposure to […]


Mahasolo from Antananarivo

Partnering for healthier cities – increasing water access in Madagascar

By Neil Jeffery, CEO, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor and Dr. Susan Mboya, President, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation This article was first published in the Huffington Post. Urbanisation is a global trend – one with opportunities or complex challenges, depending on where in the world it is taking place. Every day across Africa, […]


Hidoy Ranjan in Chittagong

Staying healthy in Bangladesh through improved hygiene practices

In Tajpur Wali Ahmad primary school, on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s second city Chittagong, Hidoy Ranjan has played his part in teaching hundreds of children the benefits of handwashing with soap. As hygiene coordinator, Hidoy is responsible for coordinating the school’s handwashing stations and making sure that the 300 school children know about the importance […]


Children checking a Clean Team toilet

Clean Team wins USAID digital innovation award

Clean Team, a Ghanaian social enterprise set up by WSUP, has won a Digital Development Award from USAID for its innovative approach to mobile money. The “Digis” recognise USAID projects and activities that embrace best practices in the application of digital technologies to address urgent development problems. Set up by WSUP in 2012, Clean Team […]


SWEEP operators at work, Bangladesh

Transforming the markets for emptying toilets in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, as in other developing countries, one of the biggest issues behind delivering improved sanitation services to the poorest urban residents is the collection and treatment of waste. The challenge is simple: Nearly half of the 55 million urban residents in Bangladesh lack access to sanitation facilities which enable faecal waste to be safely […]


Sewered communal toilets in Kenya

Are water utility customers in Kenya willing to pay more to improve sanitation in low-income communities?

Findings of one of the earliest pieces of research under the Urban Sanitation Research Initiative are now emerging, and they’re fascinating. In a nutshell: this research indicates that water utility customers in Kenyan cities would be willing to pay an average of US$ 3 per month (about 8% of the average water bill) as a “solidarity surcharge” […]


World Water Week 2016

Join us at World Water Week in Stockholm

World Water Week takes place in late August in Stockholm – a focal point for the world’s water issues. This year, the theme is “water and waste: reduce and reuse”, and WSUP will be there to share its experiences of improving services for low-income customers in developing country cities. Join us at the following sessions: Reaching […]


Street scene in Chittagong, Bangladesh

Scoping urban sanitation services in three countries

What can we learn about the race to SDG 6.2, and can research accelerate results?  In early 2017, WSUP commissioned a situation analysis of urban sanitation services in Bangladesh, Ghana and Kenya, in order to identify potential research areas as part of the DFID-funded Urban Sanitation Research Initiative. Here, Goufrane Mansour (Aguaconsult, lead expert for the study) […]