By Kariuki Mugo, Director of WASH Sector Support The global WASH sector has laudably responded to the Covid-19 pandemic. Most of the actions have been in supporting the public health domain in handwashing with soap by way of ensuring adequate water is available in most households. There has also been a great deal of investment […]
By Sam Drabble, Acting Head of Evaluation, Research & Learning For the one billion people living in informal urban settlements in the Global South, the spread of coronavirus poses an imminent threat that could prove catastrophic. A range of factors makes transmission of the virus in these contexts more likely, and the potential impacts even […]
Access to clean water and good hygiene have never been more important. A message from our CEO Neil Jeffery I wanted to share with you an update on WSUP’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the last week, we have been working tirelessly to reorient our organisation – getting staff back to their home countries, […]
“I have lived in this compound for the past few years without a toilet. You have to deal with the inconvenience of using a public toilet,” says 60-year-old Yaa Achiaa. Kumasi, one of Ghana’s fastest growing urban centres, is home to 3 million people and nearly half live in informal settlements. Around 60% of the […]
In cities, though the coverage of basic handwashing facilities is higher compared to rural areas, there are significant gaps between the richest and poorest. In fact, in many countries, basic services in the most deprived urban communities are actually worse than in rural areas. Inequalities in handwashing facilities can put individuals at higher risk, impacting […]
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.