For sale: safe sanitation in Ghana

“I have lived in this compound for the past few years without a toilet. You have to deal with the inconvenience of using a public toilet,” says 60-year-old Yaa Achiaa. Kumasi, one of Ghana’s fastest growing urban centres, is home to 3 million people and nearly half live in informal settlements. Around 60% of the […]


WSUP publishes new Business Plan 2020-2025

WSUP has today, World Cities Day, published its new Business Plan outlining its priorities for the period 2020-2025. Read the Business Plan now: The plan is based around five Strategic Goals, which reflect our vision for changing the ability of cities to provide basic services to the poorest residents. Strategic Goals: “There are 10 years […]


Chamanculo sanitation block, Maputo

Does improved sanitation mean healthier kids?

The MapSan trial was a major 4-year research project which aimed to evaluate the health impacts of a shared sanitation intervention delivered by WSUP in the slums of Maputo. It’s the largest ever high-rigour study of the health impacts of urban sanitation. And now the long-awaited results are out. By Guy Norman, WSUP’s Director of […]


Clean Hands for All: addressing handwashing disparities

In cities, though the coverage of basic handwashing facilities is higher compared to rural areas, there are significant gaps between the richest and poorest. In fact, in many countries, basic services in the most deprived urban communities are actually worse than in rural areas. Inequalities in handwashing facilities can put individuals at higher risk, impacting […]


UNC Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy, 2019

Join us the 2019 Water and Health Conference to discuss how to assess WaSH services citywide, what role shared sanitation could have in bringing safely managed sanitation to all, and our experience supporting the development of inclusive sanitation markets. Findings from several Urban Sanitation Research Initiative projects will also be presented by our research partners. […]


Community in Beira, Mozambique

Six months after two deadly cyclones, Mozambique needs more than just rebuilding

Mozambique will need all the help it can get first to deliver basic services like housing and sanitation, and then to ensure they are built to last. This article was first published on Thomson Reuters Foundation News. By Carla Costa, Country Programme Manager for WSUP in Mozambique The official government plan to rebuild Mozambique after two […]


Call that a septic tank?

In a previous blog post back in January, we described the start of a research project which is aiming to assess and  model how faecal pathogens move through the environment in a low-income urban community in Dhaka in Bangladesh. By Guy Norman, WSUP’s Director of Research and Evaluation It’s one of our three biggest projects […]


Water doesn’t come out of a tap…

…It comes out of a system. This is not just a system of infrastructure but also that of people, institutions and politics which manage it. Given that cities and towns will be home to two-thirds of the urban population by 2050, improving the system that enables taps and toilets to function has never been more […]


Laundry block in Antananarivo

WSUP celebrates reaching 20 million people in 25 major cities

WSUP is proud to announce that 20 million low-income city-dwellers now have improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene, since we began work in major cities across Africa and South Asia. This has been possible through long-term partnerships with authorities, utilities and businesses in 25 cities, to strengthen the ability of the city to provide […]


Is slum sanitation likely to require major subsidy?

Improving sanitation in slum communities is a complex challenge. Particularly challenging is working out how it can be financed. By Guy Norman, WSUP’s Director of Research and Evaluation Now if you believe that subsidy is a Bad Thing or just ain’t ever gonna happen, you might approach slum sanitation by first assessing what slumdwellers are […]