WEDC Conference, Kumasi: How can we make sanitation more affordable in Ghana

Blog by Sam Drabble, Research & Evaluation Manager Through the course of any conference, key themes emerge and are picked up and echoed by participants in presentations and side events – big questions that are difficult to solve. In promoting access to household sanitation for low-income households the first question is obvious and much repeated […]


New partnership in Kenya to tackle challenges of providing water to base of pyramid customers

Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) has signed a £1.6 million ($2.3 million) agreement with Kenya Markets Trust (KMT) to promote improved access to water services for low-income consumers across Kenya. WSUP will work with utilities, the regulator, private sector service providers and consumers to address barriers to improved water access for base […]


Bringing dignity, safety and health to a city of two million

WSUP has been featured in a blog written by Chris Holmes, USAID Global Water Coordinator and Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment. In the article, Chris Holmes writes about his visit to Vizag, eastern India, and where he meets women’s self-help groups who are playing a crucial work in eliminating open […]


Antananarivo partnership recognised for water access transformation

The Madagascan city of Antananarivo, state-owned water & electricity provider JIRAMA, and the Madagascan Ministry of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene was shortlisted in the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards for Excellence in City-Led Transformation, for their work in improving water access to low-income city residents. The consortium of organisations, which have been supported by Water & Sanitation for […]


Creating dignity through toilets

Having a toilet equals a better chance of education, dignity, safety, status and more – wherever you are in the world. WSUP’s My Toilet exhibition aims to draw attention to the sanitation challenges faced by women and girls across the world, and in early May we took the exhibition to Barcelona to allow more people […]


Pro-poor tariff systems: what if ‘fair’ pricing isn’t fair enough?

Let’s begin by supposing you work for a water utility company in a large city in West Africa (a city whose population is rapidly expanding). You’re tasked with fulfilling the utility’s mandate to provide clean and safe water for everyone in the city, ensuring that water remains affordable for all income groups but priced so […]


WASH4Work: driving business action in WASH

On World Water Day 2016, WSUP was one of 11 partners behind the launch of WASH4Work, a new initiative to support business action towards the Sustainable Development Goal on universal access to water and sanitation. With the launch of the SDGs, world leaders have publicly acknowledged that water and sanitation are essential for eradicating poverty […]


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 […]