Research for urban sanitation: where next

Blog by Guy Norman, Director of Research & Evaluation Yesterday at the Water & Health Conference 2015 at the University of North Carolina (UNC), we ran an interesting session around “where next?” for urban sanitation research. “We” means myself and inspiring colleague Radu Ban of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation… though I stress that […]

Local service providers – the route to creating universal access by 2030

Last week saw a storm of press activity as world leaders ratified the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In a recent blog Neil Jeffery highlighted that while improved access to a safe water supply is rightly cited as a success story of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), an estimated 663 million people still lack access, with an […]

New Masters-level materials fill a gap in professional urban WASH training

WSUP and WEDC (the Water, Engineering and Development Centre of Loughborough University) have jointly developed a Masters-level professional training module “Water and Sanitation for Urban Low-Income Communities” and have made the training materials freely available on WSUP’s website. We’ve had a great response so far with 75 academics, students and WASH practitioners from over 25 […]

Municipal finance for sanitation in three African cities

This Discussion Paper reports data on municipal public finance for sanitation in three African cities, based on in-country examination of available budget records: Ga West Municipality, part of the Greater Accra conglomeration in Ghana; Maputo, capital of Mozambique; and Nakuru County in Kenya, including the city of Nakuru.

Turning citizens into sensors: using mobile apps and ‘big data’ to combat water losses in South Africa

This leadership perspective by Michael Sullivan, IBM, forms part of a series on the theme of creating business value and development impact in the WASH sector. The series and accompanying Discussion Paper are co-produced by WSUP and Business Fights Poverty. As social technology becomes more prevalent, governments are looking for ways to be far more interactive with their constituents, and leveraging […]

Public Finance for WASH launched

Universal water and sanitation coverage will require governments to invest more money, and to invest it more effectively. But how can this be achieved? Launching today, the Public Finance for WASH website has some of the answers: Public Finance for WASH is a collaborative advocacy and research initiative of WSUP, IRC and Trémolet Consulting. The […]

The MapSan trial: a controlled before and after study of shared sanitation in Maputo

If you’ve been following WSUP’s research activities, you’ll know that one of our most exciting pieces of work is the evaluation of the health impacts of our sanitation programme in Maputo (Mozambique). This major study, funded by USAID, is being led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The research is looking at a […]