“Health is wealth”: improving communities through access to sewers

In urban areas, sewer networks – a low profile, but vital piece of infrastructure – can play a key role in the fight against diarrhoea. But in many fast-growing cities in Africa, sewers rarely extend beyond the richest parts of the city. In Nakuru, Kenya’s fourth largest city, WSUP is working with the city utility […]

Our vision for a 21st century water service provider

Ahead of World Water Day, the Skoll Foundation has published an editorial from WSUP on the role of utilities in pushing towards universal water access in cities. By Neil Jeffery, Chief Executive of WSUP There’s nothing more important to human life than clean, reliable water. It’s the first, and most basic of needs, something we […]

360-degree film: Madagascar’s urban water challenge

On the outskirts of Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital city, getting enough water every day can be a difficult task. As our new 360-degree film shows, the lack of safe, piped water can mean having to fill up jerrycans from a nearby spring. There’s not always enough for a family’s daily needs. But help is at hand. […]

Helping children in schools access clean water and sanitation services

“We teach students about personal hygiene. But we don’t have sufficient arrangements for the students to practice that. As result, most of the time students take their tiffin without washing their hands,” says primary school teacher Rokeya Akter. In Bangladesh, thousands of schools lack even the most basic of water and sanitation facilities. In Mahuttuly school, […]

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 […]