World Water Day 2021

The theme of this year’s World Water Day is valuing water.

Water brings value in so many ways, whether it is through education, employment, nutrition, health, or environmental protection. Safeguarding this precious resource for the benefit of everyone is critical.

Learn more about valuing water:

What is water worth?

How communities are managing water services in Madagascar

The value of water in small towns in Ghana

The importance of clean water in the garment industry in Bangladesh

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Barriers for female decision-makers in Kenya’s sanitation sector

Published: Country: KenyaLanguage: English

Gender inequity at the level of policy, regulation and management limits the voice and participation of women decision-makers and can perpetuate inequities throughout the sanitation sector. To address this, the Urban Sanitation Research Initiative aims to analyse gender inequity in educational and professional settings of sanitation-related organisations. Women working at sanitation-related public-sector institutions in Kenya […]

Theme: Gender, Research, Sanitation, Urban Sanitation Research Initiative, Utilities

Gender representation in Kenyan sanitation institutions

Published: Country: KenyaLanguage: English

The Urban Sanitation Research Initiative aims to analyse the internal workings of organisations that make and implement sanitation policy, regulation and services to address four specific questions: (a) the gender balance in decision-making/technical roles in these organisations; (b) how attitudes to sanitation vary between male and female decision-makers; (c) the key barriers to female participation […]

Theme: Gender, Research, Sanitation, Urban Sanitation Research Initiative, Utilities

Women working in sanitation in Kenya: Evidence gaps

Published: Country: KenyaLanguage: English

Gender inequity at the level of policy, regulation and management can perpetuate inequities throughout the sanitation sector, limiting the voice and participation of women decision-makers. A literature review was completed as part of a research project analysing the internal workings of organisations that contribute to and implement sanitation services and policy in Kenya. Despite evidence […]

Theme: Gender, Research, Sanitation, Urban Sanitation Research Initiative, Utilities

Water pollution management in Dhaka: Stakeholder perceptions to inform action

Published: Country: BangladeshLanguage: English

A rapidly growing economy and population are putting a growing strain on the city of Dhaka’s freshwater resource. This project looks at the attitudes and perceptions of households, industry, government and non-governmental organisations to freshwater pollution in Dhaka. The finding aim to help identify critical areas for investment and improvement and offer policy recommendations for […]

Theme: WASH, Water

Systems Reboot: Sanitation sector change in Maputo and Lusaka

Published: Country: Mozambique, ZambiaLanguage: English

In one in seven countries, access to basic sanitation is decreasing. Even in cities, where access to safely managed sanitation is more prevalent than in rural areas, gaps between the rich and the poor continue to be stark. But what does this look like at a city level? This Discussion Paper provides examples of how […]

Theme: Faecal sludge management, Finance, Sanitation, WASH

Sales glitch: Can Ghana unblock its toilet sales market?

Published: Country: GhanaLanguage: English

WSUP has been working to catalyse the Ghanaian market for improved sanitation through introducing and selling affordable and desirable products. While it sounds simple, efforts to sell various sanitation products in Ga West (in Greater Accra) and Kumasi were thwarted by overarching issues that prevented potential customers from purchasing and installing sanitation products in their […]

Theme: Finance, Market development, Public finance, Regulation, Sanitation

Why are toilets so expensive in Ghana? Experience from Kumasi

Published: Country: GhanaLanguage: English

Slow uptake of household toilets in urban Ghana is due to several factors, including (but not limited to) cost which is a key focus of stakeholders. Collating data on the costs of constructing toilets in Kumasi, this Practice Note provides points of comparison for others seeking to build toilets in Ghana and beyond. Ghana has […]

Theme: Finance, Market development, Sanitation

How can sanitation actors in Ghana stimulate toilet loan uptake?

Published: Country: GhanaLanguage: English

Only 15% of Ghanaians use an improved household toilet, while nearly a quarter lack access to any household or shared facility. Inability to obtain finance is often cited as a key barrier. Financial institutions offer toilet loans to help sanitation customers and providers bridge the gap, but uptake is low and businesses face wider challenges […]

Theme: Finance, Market development, Sanitation
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Running Dry: Tackling the myths about urban water and sanitation

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

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.   Myth one: Struggling utilities are unable to serve the poorest The reality: Much-maligned, publicly owned utilities can deliver services for the poorest communities. […]

Theme: Behaviour change, Climate change, Faecal sludge management, Hygiene, Public/shared toilets, Sanitation, Utilities, Water

Designing and delivering research-into-use programmes in the WASH sphere

Published: Country: Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Kenya, ZambiaLanguage: English

Experience from SHARE, REACH and the Urban Sanitation Research Initiative Delivering high-quality research can be challenging. But achieving research uptake – impact on policy or other aspects of the “real world” – is enormously challenging. In low-income contexts the barriers to achieving change can seem profound, in view of economic and capacity limitations. In fact, […]

Theme: Research, Urban Sanitation Research Initiative, WASH