Gender balance in the water and sanitation workforce

As the Technical Director at Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC), Eng. Lucy Njambi is responsible for the operation of Nairobi’s water and sewerage systems, serving around 4 million people. She believes that it is important to involve women when developing services. “It’s important to include women, as they are the ones who suffer […]


Women leading the way

“Water, sanitation and hygiene are basic necessities in order to sustain lives. When women are affected by poor services, you end up with a weak community where you can’t expect great development.” – Josephine Moono Clean water and safe sanitation has a huge impact on the lives of women. In the communities where we work, […]


Pit-emptiers and politicians come together to discuss Africa’s sanitation challenges

By Sam Drabble, Head of Research and Learning Last week sanitation enthusiasts from across Africa and beyond convened in Cape Town for the joint FSM5/AfricaSan conference. This marked the first time the FSM conference – established as a biannual global event to share best practice in faecal sludge management – merged with AfricaSan, a political […]


WSUP wins AMCOW AfricaSan award for our work in Mozambique

WSUP has won the Inclusion Award from AfricaSan in recognition of our work to improve shared sanitation services in Maputo, Mozambique. The AMCOW AfricaSan Awards aim to raise the profile of sanitation and hygiene in development agendas; promote excellence in leadership and innovation; and put the spotlight on bold initiatives and innovations that inspire action. […]


Community leaders: a vital bridge between residents and city authorities

By Dinis Namburete, Community Development Specialist, Mozambique At WSUP, we often talk about the vital role of utilities, governments and businesses in improving basic services for low-income residents. But there’s another group that plays an important a role: community-based organisations. For the residents of Aeroporto B, a low-income bairro on the edge of Maputo, Rogério […]


Towards sustainable sanitation in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Mabinty runs the new call centre in Freetown, taking enquiries from the public on faecal waste management services available in the city. “It is not just a channel of complaints for faecal waste management issues, but also a medium through which other issues are reported,” she says. “People call to report solid waste issues and […]


The pathogen problem

In many cities, people’s living and working environments are contaminated by huge amounts of untreated faecal waste. We know that excreta (human and non-human) is incredibly dangerous for health. But the pathogens found in faecal waste (i.e. the micro-organisms that cause diseases like diarrhoea, typhoid and hepatitis) have very complex patterns of movement through the […]


Water as a global risk: the impact on cities

According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2019, water crises has been identified as one of the top 10 global risks. As world leaders gather in Davos this week, our Chair highlights the link between water scarcity and urbanisation. By Lord Paul Boateng, Chairman, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) We live […]


Citywide Inclusive Sanitation: perspectives from Manila

By Yaver Abidi, Managing Director, WSUP Advisory         Last week I was in Manila, at an annual meeting organised by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Citywide Inclusive Sanitation. Citywide Inclusive Sanitation is the notion that current approaches to sanitation are too small in scale and too focused on infrastructure to genuinely […]


Mavis Chibango ,Lusaka

From shallow wells to safe water – improving lives in Lusaka

Around one and a half million Zambians living in cities lack easy access to safe, clean water. In the capital city Lusaka, the situation is so bad that some people have to drink from pools of water at the bottom of crevices in the rocky ground. These crevices, known as shallow wells, are often contaminated […]