Could a new ‘Sanitation Development Fee’ improve sanitation for low-income urban Kenyans?

Kenya’s National Water Master Plan envisions 80% national sewerage coverage by 2030 – ambitious, as only 35% of urban Kenyans currently have access to basic sanitation. Motivated and influential stakeholders like the Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB), the body in charge of overseeing national water and sewerage policies and strategies, have a financial mountain to […]

Mind the gap: Investigating the funding shortfall in urban sanitation

Who should pay for sanitation? The consumers who use the service, the utilities in charge of providing it, or governments who are responsible for ensuring citizens can access safe facilities? Consumers pay to connect their homes to a sewer network, utilities use that cash to cover the costs of staffing, upkeep, operations and maintenance and […]

Workshop held to share and discuss findings of research in Rangpur, Chittagong and Dhaka

On the 27th January, high-level stakeholders from three cities (Dhaka, Chittagong and Rangpur) in Bangladesh came together to discuss the findings of a research project commissioned by WSUP’s Urban Sanitation Research Initiative and delivered by ITN-BUET. This project assessed how Bangladeshi City Corporations deliver sanitation services to their citizens and explains how the external environment, […]

Pathogen pathways and urban planning

Improving public health is one of the primary reasons for investing in sanitation infrastructure like sewer networks or sludge treatment plants. This makes sense: minimising contact with faeces almost certainly means that fewer people will get sick from diseases like diarrhoea or cholera. Tools such as Shit Flow Diagrams provide an overview of a city’s […]

Dhaka survey results now online

In many cities, there is a lack of good-quality data on WASH coverage levels in low-income communities. And that’s a problem if you’re trying to improve slum WASH in that city! So over the period 2017-2018, WSUP is carrying out citywide WASH surveys in at least one city in each country in which we have […]

Call for Applications: Exploring water inequalities in Kenya, Ethiopia and Bangladesh

The REACH global research programme (led by Oxford University with international partners and funded with UK aid from the UK Government) is offering researchers the opportunity to explore inequalities in three of REACH’s Observatories: Dhaka (Bangladesh), Wukro (Ethiopia) and Kitui (Kenya).  A total of £150,000 in funding (£50,000 for each observatory) will be available until April […]

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 […]