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 […]


Shared sanitation in Dhaka

Shared toilets as the path to health and dignity

Neil Jeffery, Chief Executive Officer, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor Tim Wainwright, Chief Executive, WaterAid Guangzhe Chen, Senior Director, Water Global Practice, World Bank Group This article was originally published on FT.com – read the original article here Mollar Bosti is a crowded slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh, home to 10,000 people: garment workers, rickshaw […]


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 […]


A pre-paid dispenser in Korogocho

Partnership provides access to safe and affordable drinking water to 50,000 people in Kenya

A two-year project to bring safe, affordable drinking water to more than 50,000 of the poorest residents in Nairobi, Kenya, has now been inaugurated after successful completion earlier this year. The initiative was co-funded by OFID (the OPEC Fund for International Development), the UK Government’s Department for International Development and Borealis and Borouge through their […]


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 […]


Spending money like water: working with utilities to tackle non-revenue water

If a shop owner gave away half of their products for free, it would be fair to say that (while their generosity might be applauded) their venture probably wouldn’t last very long. Even if that shop were the only official supplier of a particular product, losing out on potential profit at such a rate would […]


Shuhudia Awadh Mohamed in Mombasa

From salt water to sustainable water

On World Water Day, we take a look at how WSUP’s work with utilities in Kenya is helping more low-income customers gain access to clean, affordable water. For Shuhudia Awadh Mohamed, who lives in the Likoni area of Kenya’s second city, Mombasa, securing water was a time-consuming – and expensive – task. Shuhudia used to have […]


Women in Visakhapatnam, India

Being bold for change in sanitation

In Visakhapatnam (Vizag), on India’s eastern coast, women have taken a leadership role in a citywide drive to clean up the city and eliminate the practice of open defecation. The project, part of India’s Swachh Bharat cleanliness drive, has seen WSUP providing technical assistance to the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation. The campaign sought to harness […]


Monica Wanjiru in Kahawa Soweto

“Water is now closer and cheaper” – a new water network for Kahawa Soweto

On a typical day, Monica Wanjiru could be seen walking around Kahawa Soweto, an informal settlement on the edge of Nairobi, surrounded by children, looking for water to buy. She and the children would have to keep walking until they found somebody to buy from. Some 40 children in the Mwamko Children’s Centre needed water: […]


The invisible public health threat in developing country cities

Neil Jeffery, CEO, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor Central Lusaka has the air of a city on the rise – well-organised streets with brand new buildings, and shopping malls springing up all over the place. The Zambian capital, which I visited last October, is a typical rapidly growing African city. But step outside […]