WSUP publishes new Business Plan 2020-2025

WSUP has today, World Cities Day, published its new Business Plan outlining its priorities for the period 2020-2025. Read the Business Plan now: The plan is based around five Strategic Goals, which reflect our vision for changing the ability of cities to provide basic services to the poorest residents. Strategic Goals: “There are 10 years […]


Laundry block in Antananarivo

WSUP celebrates reaching 20 million people in 25 major cities

WSUP is proud to announce that 20 million low-income city-dwellers now have improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene, since we began work in major cities across Africa and South Asia. This has been possible through long-term partnerships with authorities, utilities and businesses in 25 cities, to strengthen the ability of the city to provide […]


Polluted river in Biafra, Nairobi

Five myths preventing increased access to urban water and sanitation

Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) has identified five myths which are stopping investors, agencies and policymakers from properly addressing the inadequate access to essential water and sanitation services in cities across Africa and South Asia. The five myths are published in a new report, Running Dry: Tackling the myths about urban water […]


Destroyed property in Beira, Mozambique

Moving towards the recovery phase in Beira

How to rebuild after the crisis? The devastating impacts of Cyclone Idai in early March were widespread across five of Mozambique’s eleven provinces, affecting 1.5 million people. The city of Beira was hardest hit, and thousands of families are still struggling to get their lives back together. After a major relief operation which saw families […]


“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 […]


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. […]


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 […]