Citywide Inclusive Sanitation: perspectives from Manila

By Yaver Abidi, Managing Director, WSUP Advisory         Last week I was in Manila, at an annual meeting organised by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Citywide Inclusive Sanitation. Citywide Inclusive Sanitation is the notion that current approaches to sanitation are too small in scale and too focused on infrastructure to genuinely […]


New film for World Toilet Day: towards the 80% in Ga West, Ghana

Complex problems require multi-faceted responses. In Ga West, Ghana, we are creating a public-private response to sanitation. The challenge is significant: like other urban centres in Ghana, around 80% of the population lacks access to a clean, safe toilet. This has serious consequences for people’s dignity, health and ability to work or attend school. But […]


Growing Nairobi, flowing Nairobi: a Story Map for World Cities Day

In some of the poorest urban communities of Nairobi, residents currently spend one-fifth of their income procuring humanity’s most basic need: water. As the city’s low-income communities grow in size, and as inequality becomes more pronounced, so it becomes more important to tackle this most vital issue in a comprehensive fashion. Policymakers, NGOs, the private […]


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 […]


Aerial footage from Maputo

New film: helping cities improve access to water and sanitation

By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas: with much of the urban growth expected to take place in developing regions, particularly Africa. As a result, managing urbanisation has become one of the most important development challenges of the 21st century. People are moving to cities in search of economic opportunities […]


Yvonne Siyeni, Lusaka Water & Sewerage Company

Women improving services for women

This International Women’s Day, WSUP is profiling three women leaders who are improving water and sanitation services in urban areas in their countries. Read on to find out more about the role that these three women are playing in delivering better services, and their thoughts on why improved WASH is a women’s issue: Faustina Boachie […]


Rute Rodrigues from Maputo

“We realised it was a reality, our dreams were beginning to happen”

Poor sanitation in the peri-urban areas of Maputo, Mozambique, has a disproportionate impact on the lives of women. But women are also playing a key role in tackling the challenge. “We had a precarious latrine that over the course of time became damaged, and collapsed due to heavy rains,” recalls Rute Rodrigues (pictured above), a […]


Tana residents queue for water from a water kiosk

Cape Town crisis raises spotlight on continent’s poor urban dwellers

NextCity.org has published an editorial from WSUP on the water crisis in Cape Town. By Neil Jeffery, Chief Executive, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) In Cape Town, South Africa, residents who take a plentiful supply of water for granted are preparing for massive water shortages in the city. At some point in […]


Faith Agutu, Gasia Poa customer

Public-private collaboration to improve sanitation in Kisumu, Kenya

How can the private sector work with city authorities to improve sanitation for low-income customers? In Kisumu, western Kenya, WSUP is working with the city utility KIWASCO, an SME called Gasia Poa and the County Government to improve collection and treatment of faecal waste in low-income communities. The film demonstrates how the partnership works and […]


Solid waste in Mirpur, Dhaka

Solid waste: a barrier to achieving safe water and sanitation services

Solid waste. It’s everywhere in the urban communities where we work – clogging up drains and waterways, and impacting on the health of cities. Municipal authorities in developing countries frequently lack the capacity to manage waste across the city and as a result huge amounts of solid waste is illegally disposed. In Dhaka, for example, […]