Water doesn’t come out of a tap…

…It comes out of a system. This is not just a system of infrastructure but also that of people, institutions and politics which manage it. Given that cities and towns will be home to two-thirds of the urban population by 2050, improving the system that enables taps and toilets to function has never been more […]


Laundry block in Antananarivo

WSUP celebrates reaching 20 million people in 25 major cities

WSUP is proud to announce that 20 million low-income city-dwellers now have improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene, since we began work in major cities across Africa and South Asia. This has been possible through long-term partnerships with authorities, utilities and businesses in 25 cities, to strengthen the ability of the city to provide […]


Is slum sanitation likely to require major subsidy?

Improving sanitation in slum communities is a complex challenge. Particularly challenging is working out how it can be financed. By Guy Norman, WSUP’s Director of Research and Evaluation Now if you believe that subsidy is a Bad Thing or just ain’t ever gonna happen, you might approach slum sanitation by first assessing what slumdwellers are […]


Polluted river in Biafra, Nairobi

Five myths preventing increased access to urban water and sanitation

Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) has identified five myths which are stopping investors, agencies and policymakers from properly addressing the inadequate access to essential water and sanitation services in cities across Africa and South Asia. The five myths are published in a new report, Running Dry: Tackling the myths about urban water […]


Destroyed property in Beira, Mozambique

Moving towards the recovery phase in Beira

How to rebuild after the crisis? The devastating impacts of Cyclone Idai in early March were widespread across five of Mozambique’s eleven provinces, affecting 1.5 million people. The city of Beira was hardest hit, and thousands of families are still struggling to get their lives back together. After a major relief operation which saw families […]


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What is the market like for pro-poor, safe emptying services in Kisumu, Kenya?

In Kisumu, Kenya, the majority of households rely on pit latrines but most pit emptiers do not work safely – which is bad for the customer, the neighbourhood, and the emptiers themselves. This lack of adequate services is an opportunity for those who can deliver safely managed sanitation services to customers, including those in low-income […]


A utility strengthening approach to tackling water scarcity

Just a few kilometres from the thunder of the largest waterfall in the world is not the most obvious place to expect water shortages. Yet in Livingstone, southern Zambia, that’s exactly the situation. Despite its proximity to Victoria Falls it has, like most cities in Africa, many communities which lack basic services such as water […]


Combining toilets and mobile tech

We’ve all heard it before – more people in Africa have mobile phones than have access to sewerage (according to the 2017 Afrobarometer survey, at least). It’s not that useful a comparison when you think about the difference in cost, installation and infrastructure requirements of a toilet compared to a mobile phone, but it’s still […]


Preserving Antananarivo's most precious resource: water

The Leak Squad: preserving Antananarivo’s most precious resource

Water is fundamental to life on our planet. As the demand for water increases, and climate change places stress on water availability, finding ways to effectively manage water systems has never been more urgent. This World Environment Day, take a look at how the leak detection team at JIRAMA, the national water utility in Antananarivo, […]


It’s all about action on menstrual hygiene

“I want girls my age to know everything about menstrual hygiene.” Seventeen-year old Tina Akhter is an active member of a group that regularly meets to discuss hygiene issues in her community in Dhaka, Bangladesh. “My period started when I was 12 years old and I had no information about menstruation until I experienced it […]