Sewered communal toilets in Kenya

Are water utility customers in Kenya willing to pay more to improve sanitation in low-income communities?

Findings of one of the earliest pieces of research under the Urban Sanitation Research Initiative are now emerging, and they’re fascinating. In a nutshell: this research indicates that water utility customers in Kenyan cities would be willing to pay an average of US$ 3 per month (about 8% of the average water bill) as a “solidarity surcharge” […]


Street scene in Chittagong, Bangladesh

Scoping urban sanitation services in three countries

What can we learn about the race to SDG 6.2, and can research accelerate results?  In early 2017, WSUP commissioned a situation analysis of urban sanitation services in Bangladesh, Ghana and Kenya, in order to identify potential research areas as part of the DFID-funded Urban Sanitation Research Initiative. Here, Goufrane Mansour (Aguaconsult, lead expert for the study) […]


Unhygienic water storage in Dhaka

“If I do not have enough water, then how do I keep my toilet clean?”

We wanted to highlight an article published recently in the Journal of Tropical Medicine and International Health: If I do not have enough water, then how could I bring additional water for toilet cleaning? Addressing water scarcity to promote hygienic use of shared toilets in Dhaka, Bangladesh The article describes the development of behaviour change […]


Don’t neglect shared latrines in drive for sanitation for all, agencies warn

WSUP joins WaterAid, World Bank and leading academics in urging donors, policymakers and planners not to neglect shared sanitation Where private household toilets aren’t yet an option, safe, well-managed shared toilets are a crucial step to further improvement Funding for safe, shared toilets in fast-growing developing-world cities is at risk of neglect from donors, policymakers […]


New research programme to focus on sanitation in Bangladesh, Ghana and Kenya

What is innovation and where does it come from? It’s not just about good ideas – after all, when it comes to international development, plenty of strong concepts don’t translate into widespread sector change or (crucially) improve the situations of those we are trying to help. Truly innovative ideas are those that transform into workable […]


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 […]


Research for urban sanitation: where next

Blog by Guy Norman, Director of Research & Evaluation Yesterday at the Water & Health Conference 2015 at the University of North Carolina (UNC), we ran an interesting session around “where next?” for urban sanitation research. “We” means myself and inspiring colleague Radu Ban of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation… though I stress that […]


The MapSan trial: a controlled before and after study of shared sanitation in Maputo

If you’ve been following WSUP’s research activities, you’ll know that one of our most exciting pieces of work is the evaluation of the health impacts of our sanitation programme in Maputo (Mozambique). This major study, funded by USAID, is being led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The research is looking at a […]