By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas: with much of the urban growth expected to take place in developing regions, particularly Africa.

Since 2005, we’ve been supporting city authorities in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia to build sustainable, equitable cities.

Here's a summary of our impact to date:

It's really hard to get water and sanitation to the people - all the people - who need it most: we like the systematic way that WSUP brings together all of the key actors in a complicated landscape to drive lasting solutions that focus first on the poor.

Kevin Starr, Managing DirectorMulago Foundation

Changing people’s lives

Ahatan Nessa from Rangpur, Bangladesh, is leading a healthier, safer life thanks to improved sanitation and lessons about hygiene practices.

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Strengthening service providers

Since 2008, we have worked with the city utility in Nairobi to help it deliver better services to low-income residents.

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Customer accessing water in Nairobi

Citywide change

In India, we worked with the city authorities, private sector and communities in Visakhapatnam to implement a citywide change programme in sanitation.

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Community engagement in one of Visakhapatnam low-income areas

Supporting investment

In Lusaka, Zambia, we are supporting the $390 million Lusaka Sanitation Program to ensure that as many people as possible in low-income communities will benefit from the investment.

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Introducing Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor 

To learn more about the impact of our work, read our report: Introducing Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor.


From 2016-2020, we plan to bring improved water & sanitation to 17 million people living in urban areas in Africa and Asia.

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