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) […]

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 […]

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, […]

Gender balance in the water and sanitation workforce

As the Technical Director at Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC), Eng. Lucy Njambi is responsible for the operation of Nairobi’s water and sewerage systems, serving around 4 million people. She believes that it is important to involve women when developing services. “It’s important to include women, as they are the ones who suffer […]

Women leading the way

“Water, sanitation and hygiene are basic necessities in order to sustain lives. When women are affected by poor services, you end up with a weak community where you can’t expect great development.” – Josephine Moono Clean water and safe sanitation has a huge impact on the lives of women. In the communities where we work, […]

Pit-emptiers and politicians come together to discuss Africa’s sanitation challenges

By Sam Drabble, Head of Research and Learning Last week sanitation enthusiasts from across Africa and beyond convened in Cape Town for the joint FSM5/AfricaSan conference. This marked the first time the FSM conference – established as a biannual global event to share best practice in faecal sludge management – merged with AfricaSan, a political […]