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 […]


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 […]


Local service providers – the route to creating universal access by 2030

Last week saw a storm of press activity as world leaders ratified the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In a recent blog Neil Jeffery highlighted that while improved access to a safe water supply is rightly cited as a success story of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), an estimated 663 million people still lack access, with an […]


Making universal access a reality

In discussions around the MDGs, improved access to a safe water supply is often cited as a success story. The data supports this narrative – 2.6 billion have gained access to improved drinking water since 1990, and over half of the global population (58%) now have piped drinking water on their premises. While this is a […]


New Masters-level materials fill a gap in professional urban WASH training

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” and have made the training materials freely available on WSUP’s website. We’ve had a great response so far with 75 academics, students and WASH practitioners from over 25 […]


Join in the discussion! How can partnerships with business increase access to safe, clean water for all?

Later today WSUP and Business Fights Poverty are co-hosting an online discussion on the vital role that business has to play in increasing access to safe and clean water. The discussion will look specifically at the theme of multi-stakeholder ‘partnerships’ – what are the most promising partnership models designed to tackle shared water risks? What role does government […]


Understanding and addressing water and sanitation needs outside the factory gates

This leadership perspective by Fiona Sadler and Jo Daniels, Marks & Spencer, forms part of a series on the theme of creating business value and development impact in the WASH sector. The series and accompanying Discussion Paper are co-produced by WSUP and Business Fights Poverty. Supporting suppliers with initiatives and programmes that improve their operations beyond auditing is important to […]