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An integrated approach to peri-urban sanitation and hygiene in Maputo

Published: Country: MozambiqueLanguage: English

Working with city authorities to improve services and practices This Topic Brief documents the approach, outcomes and learning of an integrated sanitation and hygiene programme implemented in Maputo, Mozambique during the period 2013-2017. The programme was funded by the World Bank-managed Japanese Social Development Fund (JSDF), and implemented by WSUP and the Water and Sanitation […]

Theme: Behaviour change, Faecal sludge management, Market development, Sanitation

Comparing the costs of different urban sanitation solutions in developing cities in Africa and Asia

Published: Language: English

How can city officials plan (and pay) for sanitation improvements in their municipality? This Policy Brief summarises a literature review that explored the costs of various sanitation technologies. The review indicates that conventional sewer systems are the most expensive urban sanitation solution, followed by systems based on septic tanks, ventilated improved pits (VIP), urine-diverting dry […]

Theme: Finance, Planning, Research, Sanitation, Urban Sanitation Research Initiative

Modelling faecal pathogen flows in urban environments: a proposed approach to inform sanitation planning

Published: Language: English

Creating a methodology so city-level sanitation investment decisions can be supported by a better understanding of pathogen flows This Policy Brief summarises an initial research study which developed a conceptual model of faecal pathogen pathways in urban environments. The proposed model uses a “source-pathway-receptor” approach: it considers release of pathogens into the environment, transport in the environment, and eventual […]

Theme: Health impact, Planning, Research, Sanitation, Tools and guidance, Urban Sanitation Research Initiative

High-quality shared toilets can reduce women’s feelings of stress due to fear of violence

Published: Country: MozambiqueLanguage: English

Findings from the Maputo Sanitation (‘MapSan’) project in Mozambique This Policy Brief summarises the findings of a qualitative research study which looked at causes and levels of psychosocial stress among users of traditional shared latrines and high-quality shared toilets in Maputo (Mozambique). The findings suggest that high-quality shared toilets can substantially reduce feelings of stress […]

Theme: Gender, Public/shared toilets, Research, Urban Sanitation Research Initiative
A guide to strengthening the enabling environment for faecal sludge management

A guide to strengthening the enabling environment for faecal sludge management

Published: Country: Bangladesh, Kenya, ZambiaLanguage: English

Experience from Bangladesh, Kenya and Zambia This Guide presents an introduction to conceptualising and strengthening the enabling environment for faecal sludge management (FSM) services in low-income urban areas. It is based on WSUP’s experience working with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop market-based solutions for on-site sanitation services in the cities of Dhaka and […]

Theme: Faecal sludge management, Market development, Sanitation
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The PULA app: a customer acquisition and tracking tool for vacuum tanker businesses

Published: Country: Ghana, Kenya, ZambiaLanguage: English

Service providers involved in faecal sludge management (FSM) are held back by a lack of current data on their customer base, operating standards and levels of service. This Practice Note introduces PULA, an innovative mobile app now being developed to bridge the data gap. In WSUP’s experience, one key barrier to citywide FSM service provision […]

Theme: Faecal sludge management, Innovation, Tools and guidance

The Toilet Tracker: mapping sanitation in peri-urban Lusaka

Published: Country: ZambiaLanguage: English

Note: this publication is being updated and we will publish a new version in January 2018. In the meantime, for more on the Toilet Tracker, read our blog: Innovations to combat the spread of cholera in cities   This Practice Note introduces the Toilet Tracker, a new tool for supporting sanitation business development and public […]

Theme: Faecal sludge management, Innovation, Sanitation, Tools and guidance
Water, crises and conflict in MENA

Water, crises and conflict in MENA: how can water service providers improve their resilience?

Published: Language: English

By the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UNICEF and WSUP Advisory Protracted conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have left tens of millions of people in need of humanitarian and development assistance to have access to water. But the capacity of local water service providers (state-owned and private) to […]

Theme: Planning, Utilities
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Barriers and opportunities for sanitation SMEs: a study of the wider market system in Ghana

Published: Country: GhanaLanguage: English

This Topic Brief presents a study of the wider market barriers and opportunities facing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in sanitation in Ghana. Conducted by i-San, the study aimed to understand the impact of these factors on the ability of businesses to reach low-income urban communities with appropriate products and services. Major barriers to entry […]

Theme: Container-based sanitation, Faecal sludge management, Market development, Sanitation
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The business case for investing in WASH

Published: Language: English

Sustainable Development Goal 6 seeks universal access to water and sanitation by 2030. The 2017 WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme Report states; “Universal implies all settings, not only to households, but also schools, health care facilities, workplaces and other public spaces”. The private sector has a critical role to play in contributing to this compelling vision […]

Theme: Market development, WASH