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, achieving policy change may not necessarily be more difficult in low-income contexts than in wealthier contexts (for example, Rwanda and Kenya outlawed plastic bags almost overnight, whereas even the most ambitious EU countries set targets 3-5 years into the future). Nonetheless, it’s clear that using research to drive meaningful change is far from straightforward.

This Discussion Paper considers the experience of three ongoing research-into-use programmes: we identify the major challenges we have faced in achieving research uptake, and discuss strategies we are using (or that we might use in future) to overcome those challenges.

All three programmes are core-funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

A public toilet in Kumasi, Ghana

New guide to make toilets better for women and girls by WaterAid, WSUP and UNICEF

The requirements of women and girls are too often ignored in the planning and design of toilets, leaving them unable to use the toilet where and when needed. Women have different sanitation requirements, for instance during menstruation, pregnancy and after menopause, that should be considered when designing and building public toilets. Of particular importance is […]

The female-friendly guide written by WaterAid, UNICEF and WSUP, is designed primarily for use by local authorities in towns and cities who are in charge of public and community toilets. It’s also useful for national governments, public and private service providers, NGOs, donors and civil society organisations who play a role in delivering these services.

The guide explains why toilets must be female-friendly, before detailing the essential and desirable features needed to make them so. It also suggests ways to increase gender sensitivity in town planning on sanitation.

The guide draws the recommendations and practical steps from existing literature, expert opinion and analysis of pioneering experiences from around the world.

Community engagement in one of Visakhapatnam low-income areas

How to improve sanitation across an entire city: the case of Visakhapatnam

The Skoll Foundation has published a blog on WSUP’s highly successful project in Visakhapatnam and how its experiences can inform future work towards achieving universal access to sanitation in India. By Neil Jeffery, Chief Executive, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) Half of the one billion people in the world who still defecate in the […]

Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has launched its own policy and operational guidelines to facilitate implementation of Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) activities within the city. GVMC  intends to foster FSSM sector, among others, to achieve universal and safe environmental sanitation leading up to outcomes on public health and environment.

World Water Week 2016

Join us at World Water Week in Stockholm

World Water Week takes place in late August in Stockholm – a focal point for the world’s water issues. This year, the theme is “water and waste: reduce and reuse”, and WSUP will be there to share its experiences of improving services for low-income customers in developing country cities. Join us at the following sessions: Reaching […]

Don’t neglect shared latrines in drive for sanitation for all, agencies warn

WSUP joins WaterAid, World Bank and leading academics in urging donors, policymakers and planners not to neglect shared sanitation Where private household toilets aren’t yet an option, safe, well-managed shared toilets are a crucial step to further improvement Funding for safe, shared toilets in fast-growing developing-world cities is at risk of neglect from donors, policymakers […]

New research programme to focus on sanitation in Bangladesh, Ghana and Kenya

What is innovation and where does it come from? It’s not just about good ideas – after all, when it comes to international development, plenty of strong concepts don’t translate into widespread sector change or (crucially) improve the situations of those we are trying to help. Truly innovative ideas are those that transform into workable […]