Cocoa farmer - Yaw Asiamah in his nursery

Tackling urbanisation in Ghanaian cocoa farming communities

Urbanisation is not just about the world’s megacities like Manila, or Dhaka, or the thousands of towns that are now turning into major cities. It’s also about the communities that are turning into towns but still have the infrastructure of a small village. The towns of the Ashanti region of southern Ghana, around the country’s […]

Could a new ‘Sanitation Development Fee’ improve sanitation for low-income urban Kenyans?

Kenya’s National Water Master Plan envisions 80% national sewerage coverage by 2030 – ambitious, as only 35% of urban Kenyans currently have access to basic sanitation. Motivated and influential stakeholders like the Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB), the body in charge of overseeing national water and sewerage policies and strategies, have a financial mountain to […]

WASH, Madagascar

Dubai Cares launches a new programme in Madagascar to improve children’s health

Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has partnered with Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) to improve access to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) facilities in schools in two of Madagascar’s largest cities, Antananarivo and Mahajanga. The three-year programme, which represents an investment of AED 3.8 million (USD […]

Yvonne Siyeni, Lusaka Water & Sewerage Company

Women improving services for women

This International Women’s Day, WSUP is profiling three women leaders who are improving water and sanitation services in urban areas in their countries. Read on to find out more about the role that these three women are playing in delivering better services, and their thoughts on why improved WASH is a women’s issue: Faustina Boachie […]

Rute Rodrigues from Maputo

“We realised it was a reality, our dreams were beginning to happen”

Poor sanitation in the peri-urban areas of Maputo, Mozambique, has a disproportionate impact on the lives of women. But women are also playing a key role in tackling the challenge. “We had a precarious latrine that over the course of time became damaged, and collapsed due to heavy rains,” recalls Rute Rodrigues (pictured above), a […]

Tana residents queue for water from a water kiosk

Cape Town crisis raises spotlight on continent’s poor urban dwellers has published an editorial from WSUP on the water crisis in Cape Town. By Neil Jeffery, Chief Executive, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) In Cape Town, South Africa, residents who take a plentiful supply of water for granted are preparing for massive water shortages in the city. At some point in […]

Mind the gap: Investigating the funding shortfall in urban sanitation

Who should pay for sanitation? The consumers who use the service, the utilities in charge of providing it, or governments who are responsible for ensuring citizens can access safe facilities? Consumers pay to connect their homes to a sewer network, utilities use that cash to cover the costs of staffing, upkeep, operations and maintenance and […]

Workshop held to share and discuss findings of research in Rangpur, Chittagong and Dhaka

On the 27th January, high-level stakeholders from three cities (Dhaka, Chittagong and Rangpur) in Bangladesh came together to discuss the findings of a research project commissioned by WSUP’s Urban Sanitation Research Initiative and delivered by ITN-BUET. This project assessed how Bangladeshi City Corporations deliver sanitation services to their citizens and explains how the external environment, […]

Pathogen pathways and urban planning

Improving public health is one of the primary reasons for investing in sanitation infrastructure like sewer networks or sludge treatment plants. This makes sense: minimising contact with faeces almost certainly means that fewer people will get sick from diseases like diarrhoea or cholera. Tools such as Shit Flow Diagrams provide an overview of a city’s […]

Dhaka survey results now online

In many cities, there is a lack of good-quality data on WASH coverage levels in low-income communities. And that’s a problem if you’re trying to improve slum WASH in that city! So over the period 2017-2018, WSUP is carrying out citywide WASH surveys in at least one city in each country in which we have […]