Affordability and convenience

Mary  Sinuni, a mother of two, was born and raised in Kahawa Soweto, a slum in eastern Nairobi, where she operates a retail shop near her home. She used to buy water from local water vendors, spending around KES 50 per day for the water and almost as much again on transporting it to her […]

Water and sanitation investments create jobs

Providing improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services to a community doesn’t just impact on health: it can be expected to have multiple positive impacts, including creation of livelihoods. For a slum-dweller, employment and a steady income is a life-changing thing! And jobs created are likely to have a ripple effect in the local economy: […]

Julieta Muinga

Women & water: creating change in Maputo

How do you support your family as a single parent – when you have to travel for hours each day to earn a living and can’t earn enough to keep your five children healthy? This was the dilemma Julieta, a mother in Maputo, faced. Every day, she travelled long distances to work as a maid […]

Equality & engagement: microloans & capacity building in Antananarivo

International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration, as well as a call for gender parity. It is about marking the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women worldwide and pledging to take concrete steps towards achieving greater gender equality: by calling for gender-balanced leadership, developing more inclusive, flexible communities and eliminating […]

Cranfield’s water and sanitation research recognised by the Queen

Blog by Dr Alison Parker, a Lecturer in the Cranfield Water Science Institute. Cranfield is a Member of WSUP. This week Cranfield University is receiving the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of our 25 years of education and research on water and sanitation for developing countries. WSUP has been alongside Cranfield on that journey for […]

New impact valuation techniques in Antananarivo

At WSUP, we believe that our work has a wide range of impacts. Although many of these are logically straightforward, they can be very difficult to value in practice. How do you measure the wider impact on health, the economy and general wellbeing associated with providing a person with clean water? Total Impact Measurement and […]

A tap on your doorstep: water supply in Mombasa

It’s mid-morning when we meet Timinah Nyamai at her home in Changamwe, Mombasa. She’s washing dishes at the tap on her doorstep – it’s only been two weeks since the water started running, and she can’t hide her joy. Born and raised in Mombasa County, she tells us that only a few months earlier she […]

Masters-level training in Madagascar

A different city, a different context, and different participants – but the same challenges and enthusiasm to overcome them in Madagascar last week. Following training in Kenya earlier this month, our seven-day course in Antananarivo was delivered to Masters students currently studying urban management but with little or no technical experience in the WASH sector. […]

WASH in low income urban communities: training professionals in Kenya

WSUP and WEDC (the Water, Engineering, and Development Centre of Loughborough University) have jointly developed a Masters-level professional training module, ‘Water and Sanitation for Urban Low-Income Communities’. The course is now being rolled out through training sessions in Mozambique, Ghana, Bangladesh, Madagascar, and Kenya. The course aims to fill a gap in professional training on […]

Handwashing, health & hygiene: a round up of WSUP’s work

5,765,986 with improved hygiene practices* Diseases related to inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene are among the world’s most serious public health problems. Poor hygiene practices, such as not washing hands with soap or unhygienic water storage, are major contributors to ill health and the spread of disease. WSUP’s work in hygiene is primarily focused on […]