Enabling environments for inclusive citywide sanitation: a conceptual framework

By Sam Drabble, Head of Research and Learning One purpose of global conferences like World Water Week, Stockholm, is to provide insights into new approaches and ways of thinking that are driving progress in the sector. In recent years, WSUP has observed (and welcomed!) an increased emphasis on “systems change” at these events. A necessary […]


Community engagement in one of Visakhapatnam low-income areas

How to improve sanitation across an entire city: the case of Visakhapatnam

The Skoll Foundation has published a blog on WSUP’s highly successful project in Visakhapatnam and how its experiences can inform future work towards achieving universal access to sanitation in India.   By Neil Jeffery, Chief Executive, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) Half of the one billion people in the world who still defecate in […]


New report: promoting water security in Lusaka

WSUP has published a new report, Promoting water security at the city level: lessons from Lusaka. Managing water resources in the face of rapid urbanisation is a challenge for cities across the world. In Lusaka, Zambia, authorities mandated to provide safe water face multiple challenges, including a rapidly expanding population and frequent cholera outbreaks that […]


Communal sanitation block

Shared sanitation: benefitting residents in Maputo and beyond

The World Bank has published a blog on WSUP’s work on shared sanitation in Maputo, Mozambique, demonstrating how well-designed shared facilities can make a difference to people’s dignity, privacy and health. The feature coincides with World Water Week, where the World Bank, WSUP and other partners discussed “Shared sanitation: when individual toilets aren’t enough”. In […]


Water access in Korogocho, Nairobi

New regulatory partnership to support utilities to serve low-income customers

Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) has formed a partnership with Eastern and Southern African Water and Sanitation Regulators Association (ESAWAS) to help strengthen the delivery of services to the poorest urban residents. The collaboration will help to improve national regulatory frameworks, based on international standards, to assist how water and sanitation utilities […]


Communal WASH facilities in Kalshi slum, Dhaka

How can we define high-quality shared sanitation in cities?

What does your ideal toilet look like? Gold-plated, maybe musical? Or a loo with a view? Whatever your personal idiosyncrasies, it’s unlikely that you’re imagining a toilet that you are forced to share with hundreds of other people throughout the day. But for that’s the reality for millions of people living in densely-populated urban areas […]


Local resident fetching water from the tap

Network extension in Mombasa provides safe and affordable water to 30,000 residents

A network extension providing water access to 30,000 residents of Mombasa has now been completed, with the support of The Coca-Cola Foundation, County Government of Mombasa, Mombasa Water Supply and Sanitation Company (MOWASSCO) and Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP). The network was inaugurated at Mishomoroni Grounds in Kisauni Sub County today and […]


Susan Nyambura from Dandora

Clean water for the residents of one of Africa’s largest rubbish dumps

50,000 people benefit from new water network in Dandora, Nairobi As a small-scale trader dealing with recycled hair extensions, Susan Nyambura requires regular supply of clean water to wash her second-hand products before selling them in the local market. Susan, 45, lives in the informal settlement of Dandora, in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. Dandora is […]


The Urban Sanitation Research Initiative’s ‘elephant baby shower’

About 18 months into the Urban Sanitation Research Initiative, and we’re starting to see emerging findings and the beginnings of policy impact. 18 months is about the gestation period of an elephant: so we’re in baby elephant phase, but planning to make a pretty big stomp in the not-too-distant future! If you explore the Urban […]


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 […]