Barriers to women adopting decision-making roles in sanitation public bodies, and attitudinal differences between male and female decision-makers

Published: Country: Kenya

Aims This project will deliver an analysis of the barriers that prevent women in Kenya taking leadership roles in sanitation (particularly urban), and aim to identify ways in which those barriers might be overcome. This project aims to assess 1) the gender balance in decision-making/technical roles in Kenya’s sanitation-relevant public institutions, 2) the barriers to […]

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

Modelling faecal pathogen flows in urban environments

Published: Country: Bangladesh

Aims This work will develop a modelling approach that, if demonstrated to generate reliable predictions, can support context-specific decision-making around the most cost-effective interventions to reduce disease burden due to faecal pathogens in low-income urban contexts. Read more This project will build on a previous concept study commissioned by the Urban Sanitation Research Initiative that […]

Theme: Faecal sludge management, Health impact, Hygiene, Research, Sanitation, Urban Sanitation Research Initiative
Gasia Poa pit-emptying business_ Kisumu

Incentivising private sector provision of faecal waste emptying services to low-income customers in Kisumu

Published: Country: Kenya

Aims To identify and initiate policy measures which encourage the private sector to target low-income urban customers for the provision of faecal waste emptying services, resulting in enhanced private sector engagement and improved levels of sanitation access for low-income urban residents. Initial findings Price is the largest barrier for this population to access safe emptying […]

Theme: Faecal sludge management, Market development, Research, Sanitation, Urban Sanitation Research Initiative

QUISS: Identifying criteria for defining high-quality shared sanitation in urban contexts

Published: Country: Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya

Aims The primary sector influence aims of the present research are to generate evidence that can support judgements on minimum criteria for high-quality shared sanitation, internationally and in the three countries, and to provide evidence-based support to the development of relevant international and national policy documents that (in their turn) influence the investments of stakeholders […]

Theme: Gender, Planning, Public/shared toilets, Research, Sanitation, Urban Sanitation Research Initiative
Collecting water in Dhaka

Analysing citizen and decision-maker attitudes to urban freshwater pollution

Published: Country: Bangladesh

Aims To understand the attitudes of Bangladeshi decision-makers and citizens on urban freshwater pollution and contribute to the development of an effective and politically viable regulatory model for discharge of faecal sludge and industrial pollutants. Read more Research Call (now closed): February 2018

Theme: Regulation, Research, Sanitation, Urban Sanitation Research Initiative, Water

Research around sanitation surcharges included in property taxes in Ghana

Published: Country: Ghana

Aims To generate evidence that supports development of the recently introduced sanitation surcharge in Ga West and a similar surcharge enacted in Akuapem North, such that they prove effective in terms of revenue generation, and cost-effective and pro-poor in terms of expenditure. To generate evidence that will enable other Ghanaian municipalities (e.g. Kumasi) to consider […]

Theme: Public finance, Research, Sanitation, Urban Sanitation Research Initiative
SWEEP operators at work, Bangladesh

SanCost: Urban sanitation costs and low-income consumers’ willingness-to-pay

Published: Country: Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya

Aims To support sanitation policy development in Ghana, Kenya and Bangladesh and in particular to provide a firm financial analysis basis that contributes to city sanitation investment decisions in the five selected cities and nationally, and that supports assessment of public finance requirements for pro-poor urban sanitation improvement. This study should generate useful international learning, […]

Theme: Finance, Public finance, Research, Sanitation, Urban Sanitation Research Initiative
Accessing water in Korogocho, Nairobi, Kenya

Factors influencing willingness of non-poor water customers to pay a pro-poor sanitation surcharge

Published: Country: Kenya

Aims To build towards introduction of a sanitation surcharge that can provide a revenue stream for supporting the recurrent costs of sanitation services in low-income areas of Kenyan cities. Findings Findings indicate that 1) feelings of trust that money raised through a surcharge would be spent properly, and 2) solidarity with neighbours who have to […]

Theme: Public finance, Research, Sanitation, Urban Sanitation Research Initiative, Water

Comparing models for Ghana’s proposed National Sanitation Authority and supporting its design

Published: Country: Ghana

Aim To document comparative models of national-level sanitation authorities for Ghana’s Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, and to support decision-making around design of Ghana’s future National Sanitation Authority. Findings The international comparative review of sanitation bodies revealed that no single agency has the mandate to carry out all the activities proposed by the MSWR […]

Theme: Planning, Public finance, Regulation, Research, Sanitation, Urban Sanitation Research Initiative

Comparing institutional frameworks for urban sanitation in decentralising countries: lessons for Kenya

Published: Country: Kenya

Aims To support sector thinking and decision-making about appropriate design of the institutional framework for urban sanitation in post-devolution Kenya as the Ministry of Health develops the new National Environmental and Sanitation Bill. Findings Important limitations in Kenya’s newly decentralised sanitation frameworks were identified: There is considerate overlap and competition for sector leadership at national […]

Theme: Research, Sanitation, Urban Sanitation Research Initiative