An evaluative framework for urban WASH sector functionality

This publication presents the results of baseline urban WASH sector functionality assessments in WSUP’s six programme countries. We begin by outlining the rationale and process for creating a framework, the methodology and results from the baseline assessments, and concluding it by exploring potential applications of the framework. WSUP’s decision to develop a Sector Functionality Framework […]

Dhaka survey results now online

In many cities, there is a lack of good-quality data on WASH coverage levels in low-income communities. And that’s a problem if you’re trying to improve slum WASH in that city! So over the period 2017-2018, WSUP is carrying out citywide WASH surveys in at least one city in each country in which we have […]

Defining and identifying low-income communities in the context of urban WASH programmes

For any donor, international agency or WASH-implementing organisation, the question of where—in what country, city or community—to focus resource is central to fulfilling their mandate. Organisations dedicated to poverty alleviation and the provision of basic services are likely to focus on what are judged to be the poorest urban and rural areas, choosing to invest […]

Achieving sustainability: changing the ways in which we define success

Implementing agencies like WSUP, Water For People and IRC are of course accountable to their funders, including major bilaterals and foundations and naturally, these funders must track the effectiveness of their spending. However, short budget cycles and the need to demonstrate “value for money” can often encourage over-simplistic measurement of success in terms of short-term […]

Evaluating the health impact of urban WASH programmes: an affordable approach for enhancing effectiveness

This paper puts forward the case for more widespread evaluation of the health impacts of WASH interventions. It argues that more frequent evaluation would encourage investors and implementers to focus on impacts rather than outputs, and would enable more objective comparative assessment of the value-for-money of different types of urban WASH intervention. Importantly the paper […]