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 […]

How to get to SDG 6: Invisible barriers to urban water and sanitation

This article was first published by the Skoll Foundation, ahead of the 2018 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development. What do you think of when you think about improving water and sanitation? By Neil Jeffery, Chief Executive, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) No doubt the first thing that springs to […]

Gasia Poa - Kisumu

Join us at the WEDC Conference in Nakuru, Kenya

Next month WSUP will be discussing citywide sanitation, scaling up water businesses and other topics at the 41st WEDC conference in Nakuru, Kenya. The conference, running from 9-13 July, is co-hosted with Egerton University (Nakuru) and will address the theme of “transformation towards sustainable and resilient WASH services”. Nakuru is one of six cities in Kenya […]

Accessing water in Korogocho, Nairobi, Kenya

Achieving national impact through regulatory improvements

Can a new key performance indicator for the water regulator have a transformative impact on how utilities serve low-income customers across Kenya?   By Kariuki Mugo, WSUP Kenya Country Programme Manager For WSUP, working to improve the capacity of service providers so that they can provide better water and sanitation services to the poorest city […]

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, […]