Margaret Shawa, Kanyama

How to deal with waste in areas of a city that lack sewers?

Providing sanitation services to unsewered parts of a city is complex. The challenge goes way beyond simply building toilets – its about finding financially viable ways to collect, treat and dispose of waste. WSUP’s new film tells the story of our work in Lusaka, Zambia, to improve sanitation in low-income communities by working closely with the utility, […]


Rubaiya, a 'little doctor' in Bangladesh

“I taught twenty-six people how and when to wash both hands with soap.”

Rubaiya, aged 10, lives with her parents in Palashbari, a sub-district of Gaibandha in northern Bangladesh. As in many villages in the country, only a small proportion of people in her village have typically had access to a latrine so open defecation was common and only a few people washed both hands with soap before […]


Global handwashing day 2016: changing institutional as well as individual behaviours

Regular handwashing with soap can have a major impact on combatting diarrhoeal diseases – the second leading cause of death in children under five years old. Its simple, its cheap, it saves lives – and yet around the world many people do not regularly wash their hands with soap. This is why Global Handwashing Day, […]


Can we get a toilet into every compound?

Last week, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) held a webinar to present insights from our ongoing work in improving sanitation in compounds in Kumasi and Ga West, Ghana. Around 60% of low-income households use public toilets in Kumasi. These facilities are often poorly maintained, unhygienic and unsafe, particularly for women using them […]


Alice Wambui in Dandora, Nairobi

Safe, affordable, reliable: water connections in Dandora, Nairobi

In the low-income settlement of Dandora in Nairobi, Kenya, we have been working with Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC) to upgrade the area’s water supply system and improve access for 52,000 low-income consumers. For residents like Alice Wambui (pictured, above), who lives in the Maili Saba area of Dandora with her husband and […]


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 […]