The missing link in urban climate adaptation

A new report by WSUP entitled The missing link in climate adaptation: How improved access to water and sanitation is helping cities adapt to climate change shows how improved access to water and sanitation services is the missing link in helping cities adapt to climate change and presents four recommendations for helping water and sanitation providers to tackle the threat caused by climate change.

1. Use every drop

2. Protect the infrastructure

3. Strengthen systems

4. Integrate with wider city resilience

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“NO SMELL!” – The social benefits and cost savings of container-based sanitation systems in Ghana

Published: Country: GhanaLanguage: English

Container-based sanitation (CBS) systems are acknowledged by the JMP as providing improved sanitation services. By contrast with onsite-infiltration systems, such as latrines and septic tanks, container-based systems ensure full containment of faecal waste. This Research Brief presents the results of an evaluation of user experience of CBS. The study found that CBS provides social benefits […]

Theme: Container-based sanitation, Sanitation, Urban Sanitation Research Initiative

Citywide Inclusive Sanitation: How can resourcing be managed effectively?

Published: Language: English

Effective resource planning and management are required to ensure that mandated entities are sufficiently resourced to be able to fulfil their mandate. This publication forms part of a series looking at Citywide Inclusive Sanitation in terms of three closely related requirements for achieving safe, inclusive and sustainable urban sanitation: clear responsibility, strong accountability, and fit-for-purpose resource […]

Theme: Research

Citywide Inclusive Sanitation: How can accountability be strengthened?

Published: Language: English

Accountability mechanisms are required to make sure that mandated responsibilities are fulfilled. This publication forms part of a series looking at Citywide Inclusive Sanitation in terms of three closely related requirements for achieving safe, inclusive and sustainable urban sanitation: clear responsibility, strong accountability, and fit-for-purpose resource planning and management. This paper is one of three complementary […]

Theme: Regulation

Citywide Inclusive Sanitation: Who is responsible?

Published: Language: English

Responsibility defines what entity has a mandate to deliver a service. This publication forms part of a series looking at Citywide Inclusive Sanitation in terms of three closely related requirements for achieving safe, inclusive and sustainable urban sanitation: clear responsibility, strong accountability, and fit-for-purpose resource planning and management. This paper is one of three complementary publications […]

Theme: Regulation

The missing link in climate adaptation: How improved access to water and sanitation is helping cities adapt to climate change

Published: Country: Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Uganda, ZambiaLanguage: English

For the poorest urban residents, one of the most significant ways in which climate change is affecting their lives is through access to water and sanitation. In sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia, water and sanitation service providers are struggling to respond to the needs of communities, and climate change is making it harder for these […]

Theme: Climate change, Sanitation, Utilities, WASH, Water

Towards a cleaner and more productive Malindi and Watamu

Published: Country: KenyaLanguage: English

The residents of the coastal town of Malindi, popular for its beautiful beaches, largely depend on on-site sanitation. There is no waste treatment plant and only 25% of the waste is safely managed. As a result, 90% of hand dug wells are contaminated causing serious health risks in the communities. Leaders in Kilifi County Government […]

Theme: Faecal sludge management, Health impact, Public/shared toilets, Regulation, Sanitation, Sewerage, Utilities, WASH

Shared sanitation in low-income urban settlements: Evidence from Ghana, Kenya and Bangladesh

Published: Country: Bangladesh, Ghana, KenyaLanguage: English

Shared sanitation has immensely contributed to sanitation access in urban areas, but is at best considered a “limited” solution due to the lack of quality standards within Sustainable Development Goal 6. This policy brief presents the main results of the QUISS project (Quality Indicators of Shared Sanitation), a three-country comparative mixed-methods study that identified the […]

Theme: Public/shared toilets, Sanitation, Urban Sanitation Research Initiative, WASH

Integrated Slum Upgrading: how can we link water and sanitation with wider urban development?

Published: Country: Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, MozambiqueLanguage: English

Marginalised urban communities are often characterised by three things: complexity, interdependence of challenges, and constant evolution. The sheer numbers of people living close together in poorly planned communities can make improving the quality of life extremely difficult. The rapid rate of urbanisation – by 2050, the number of people living in African cities will double […]

Theme: Community management, Faecal sludge management, Health impact, Planning, Public/shared toilets, Research, Sanitation, Sewerage, Utilities, WASH, Water

Citywide Inclusive Sanitation: Resource Planning and Management

Published: Language: English

For urban sanitation systems to function safely, at scale, over time, and inclusively, they must be organized to support three functions: responsibility, accountability, and resource planning and management. This short publication looks at the function of resource planning and management, drawing on a desk review of over 40 urban sanitation investments in twenty-eight countries across Africa, Asia and Latin […]

Theme: Container-based sanitation, Faecal sludge management, Market development, Public/shared toilets, Regulation, Research, Sanitation, Sewerage, Utilities, WASH

Citywide Inclusive Sanitation: Accountability

Published: Language: English

For urban sanitation systems to function safely, at scale, over time, and inclusively, they must be organized to support three functions: responsibility, accountability, and resource planning and management. In this paper, we explore the accountability mechanisms that can be applied to the different service provision mandate structures identified in our parallel paper on responsibilities.

Theme: Container-based sanitation, Faecal sludge management, Market development, Public/shared toilets, Regulation, Research, Sanitation, Sewerage, Utilities, WASH