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 […]

Sanitation set for major upgrade in Lusaka, Zambia

WSUP Advisory commences scale-up work with city utility, building on WSUP’s 10 years in Lusaka New report analyses progress made to date on unsewered sanitation in city Brown Mbewe lives in Kanyama, Lusaka’s most densely populated peri-urban area, and every rainy season, he used to suffer from an overflowing pit latrine. The overflowing latrine would […]

Low connection rates in sewerage projects

In this blog post, I wanted to draw people’s attention to some fascinating recent commentary by Ian Ross around sanitation costings. Ian’s an ex-OPM consultant, now taking time out with LSHTM to do a PhD looking at costs of sanitation: so he’s able to put a lot of his considerable brainpower into thinking about this, […]


What does an enabling environment look like for urban sanitation?

This week, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) held a webinar to explore what an enabling environment for urban sanitation really looks like. Despite its evident importance to achieving scale, the components of a well-functioning enabling environment for urban sanitation are weakly understood. This webinar shared lessons from a 5-year programme – funded […]

Children by polluted river

Nature for Water: an urbanisation challenge

By Rosemary Campbell, Head of Water This week we are celebrating World Water Day, and the theme of this year’s campaign is Nature for Water. This might not sound immediately relevant to WSUP’s work in some of the world’s largest and most densely populated cities, but it certainly is. Finding ways to accommodate rapid urbanisation […]