The MapSan trial was a major 4-year research project which aimed to evaluate the health impacts of a shared sanitation intervention delivered by WSUP in the slums of Maputo. It’s the largest ever high-rigour study of the health impacts of urban sanitation. And now the long-awaited results are out. By Guy Norman, WSUP’s Director of […]
Mozambique will need all the help it can get first to deliver basic services like housing and sanitation, and then to ensure they are built to last. This article was first published on Thomson Reuters Foundation News. By Carla Costa, Country Programme Manager for WSUP in Mozambique The official government plan to rebuild Mozambique after two […]
Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (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. The five myths are published in a new report, Running Dry: Tackling the myths about urban water […]
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.
Myth two: Water should be free
The reality: Water is a human right, but people should still pay for it. Even the poorest.
Myth three: Communities should be responsible for their own services
The reality: Community ownership can result in poor services. We should be aiming for community buy-in instead.
Myth four: We should only focus on household facilities
The reality: Community sanitation facilities can help bridge the gap when household facilities are not viable.
Myth five: Building toilets alone will solve the sanitation crisis
The reality: Solving the waste management conundrum is bigger than just building toilets.
We’ve all heard it before – more people in Africa have mobile phones than have access to sewerage (according to the 2017 Afrobarometer survey, at least). It’s not that useful a comparison when you think about the difference in cost, installation and infrastructure requirements of a toilet compared to a mobile phone, but it’s still […]
Service providers involved in faecal sludge management are held back by a lack of current data on their customer base, operating standards and levels of service. Pula, a mobile app, was developed to address this data gap.
This publication shares the learning from a 3-year process of developing a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) for the Pula app. We outline how the MVP was designed and developed, supported by reflections from the app development team about the technology and user requirements.
The publication concludes with three key recommendations identified by the app development team:
- Focus on one core feature and ensure this is fit for purpose;
- Establish a relationship with one target customer, allowing the product to be tested over longer periods; and
- Focus on developing a product tailored to a single market, which can then be adapted for new markets as required.
This Practice Note describes the design process behind development of a mobile app, Pula, inspired by GV’s Design Sprint method. Pula aims to support vacuum tankers with their business while providing urban planners with data about sanitation in the city.Download resource