A utility strengthening approach to tackling water scarcity

Just a few kilometres from the thunder of the largest waterfall in the world is not the most obvious place to expect water shortages. Yet in Livingstone, southern Zambia, that’s exactly the situation. Despite its proximity to Victoria Falls it has, like most cities in Africa, many communities which lack basic services such as water […]

Combining toilets and mobile tech

We’ve all heard it before – more people in Africa have mobile phones than have access to sewerage (according to the 2017 Afrobarometer survey, at least). It’s not that useful a comparison when you think about the difference in cost, installation and infrastructure requirements of a toilet compared to a mobile phone, but it’s still […]

Preserving Antananarivo's most precious resource: water

The Leak Squad: preserving Antananarivo’s most precious resource

Water is fundamental to life on our planet. As the demand for water increases, and climate change places stress on water availability, finding ways to effectively manage water systems has never been more urgent. This World Environment Day, take a look at how the leak detection team at JIRAMA, the national water utility in Antananarivo, […]

It’s all about action on menstrual hygiene

“I want girls my age to know everything about menstrual hygiene.” Seventeen-year old Tina Akhter is an active member of a group that regularly meets to discuss hygiene issues in her community in Dhaka, Bangladesh. “My period started when I was 12 years old and I had no information about menstruation until I experienced it […]

Building partnerships for change

Our Chair, Lord Paul Boateng, recently visited Nairobi where he highlights the challenges caused by poor access to clean water and safe sanitation. Key to addressing this challenge is partnerships – at the local and national level – including city authorities tasked with delivering city-wide services, and community leaders who are a vital link between […]

Improving water services for 600,000 people in Western Uganda

WSUP Advisory has launched a project to improve access to water for 600,000 people in small towns and rural growth centres in western Uganda, thanks to a four-year grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The funding will enable WSUP Advisory to provide support and guidance to the Mid-Western Umbrella of Water and Sanitation (MWUWS) […]

“Health is wealth”: improving communities through access to sewers

In urban areas, sewer networks – a low profile, but vital piece of infrastructure – can play a key role in the fight against diarrhoea. But in many fast-growing cities in Africa, sewers rarely extend beyond the richest parts of the city. In Nakuru, Kenya’s fourth largest city, WSUP is working with the city utility […]

Our vision for a 21st century water service provider

Ahead of World Water Day, the Skoll Foundation has published an editorial from WSUP on the role of utilities in pushing towards universal water access in cities. By Neil Jeffery, Chief Executive of WSUP There’s nothing more important to human life than clean, reliable water. It’s the first, and most basic of needs, something we […]

360-degree film: Madagascar’s urban water challenge

On the outskirts of Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital city, getting enough water every day can be a difficult task. As our new 360-degree film shows, the lack of safe, piped water can mean having to fill up jerrycans from a nearby spring. There’s not always enough for a family’s daily needs. But help is at hand. […]

Helping children in schools access clean water and sanitation services

“We teach students about personal hygiene. But we don’t have sufficient arrangements for the students to practice that. As result, most of the time students take their tiffin without washing their hands,” says primary school teacher Rokeya Akter. In Bangladesh, thousands of schools lack even the most basic of water and sanitation facilities. In Mahuttuly school, […]