Is slum sanitation likely to require major subsidy?

Improving sanitation in slum communities is a complex challenge. Particularly challenging is working out how it can be financed. By Guy Norman, WSUP’s Director of Research and Evaluation Now if you believe that subsidy is a Bad Thing or just ain’t ever gonna happen, you might approach slum sanitation by first assessing what slumdwellers are […]


Combining toilets and mobile tech

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 […]


“Health is wealth”: improving communities through access to sewers

In urban areas, sewer networks – a low profile, but vital piece of infrastructure – can play a key role in the fight against diarrhoea. But in many fast-growing cities in Africa, sewers rarely extend beyond the richest parts of the city. In Nakuru, Kenya’s fourth largest city, WSUP is working with the city utility […]


Pit-emptiers and politicians come together to discuss Africa’s sanitation challenges

By Sam Drabble, Head of Research and Learning Last week sanitation enthusiasts from across Africa and beyond convened in Cape Town for the joint FSM5/AfricaSan conference. This marked the first time the FSM conference – established as a biannual global event to share best practice in faecal sludge management – merged with AfricaSan, a political […]


Towards sustainable sanitation in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Mabinty runs the new call centre in Freetown, taking enquiries from the public on faecal waste management services available in the city. “It is not just a channel of complaints for faecal waste management issues, but also a medium through which other issues are reported,” she says. “People call to report solid waste issues and […]


Low connection rates in sewerage projects

In this blog post, I wanted to draw people’s attention to some fascinating recent commentary by Ian Ross around sanitation costings. Ian’s an ex-OPM consultant, now taking time out with LSHTM to do a PhD looking at costs of sanitation: so he’s able to put a lot of his considerable brainpower into thinking about this, […]


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 […]