Destroyed property in Beira, Mozambique

Moving towards the recovery phase in Beira

How to rebuild after the crisis? The devastating impacts of Cyclone Idai in early March were widespread across five of Mozambique’s eleven provinces, affecting 1.5 million people. The city of Beira was hardest hit, and thousands of families are still struggling to get their lives back together. After a major relief operation which saw families […]


Preserving Antananarivo's most precious resource: water

The Leak Squad: preserving Antananarivo’s most precious resource

Water is fundamental to life on our planet. As the demand for water increases, and climate change places stress on water availability, finding ways to effectively manage water systems has never been more urgent. This World Environment Day, take a look at how the leak detection team at JIRAMA, the national water utility in Antananarivo, […]


Water as a global risk: the impact on cities

According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2019, water crises has been identified as one of the top 10 global risks. As world leaders gather in Davos this week, our Chair highlights the link between water scarcity and urbanisation. By Lord Paul Boateng, Chairman, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) We live […]


Growing Nairobi, flowing Nairobi: a Story Map for World Cities Day

In some of the poorest urban communities of Nairobi, residents currently spend one-fifth of their income procuring humanity’s most basic need: water. As the city’s low-income communities grow in size, and as inequality becomes more pronounced, so it becomes more important to tackle this most vital issue in a comprehensive fashion. Policymakers, NGOs, the private […]


Water security has a critical role to play in preserving ecosystems, including those in urban areas. Through an in-depth case study of Lusaka, Zambia, this Topic Brief explores how public authorities and their partners can work together to identify and respond effectively to risk by developing systems that protect water resources and therefore better plan for, manage, and supply a city.

Climate change is already having a huge impact in many parts of the world. In countries where WSUP works, poor water availability poses serious risks to society, and as extreme weather events become increasingly frequent, this challenge is worsening.

This paper highlights how WSUP works to support climate resilience.

Children by polluted river

Nature for Water: an urbanisation challenge

By Rosemary Campbell, Head of Water This week we are celebrating World Water Day, and the theme of this year’s campaign is Nature for Water. This might not sound immediately relevant to WSUP’s work in some of the world’s largest and most densely populated cities, but it certainly is. Finding ways to accommodate rapid urbanisation […]


Tana residents queue for water from a water kiosk

Cape Town crisis raises spotlight on continent’s poor urban dwellers

NextCity.org has published an editorial from WSUP on the water crisis in Cape Town. By Neil Jeffery, Chief Executive, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) In Cape Town, South Africa, residents who take a plentiful supply of water for granted are preparing for massive water shortages in the city. At some point in […]


Mahasolo from Antananarivo

Partnering for healthier cities – increasing water access in Madagascar

By Neil Jeffery, CEO, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor and Dr. Susan Mboya, President, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation This article was first published in the Huffington Post. Urbanisation is a global trend – one with opportunities or complex challenges, depending on where in the world it is taking place. Every day across Africa, […]