DFID has been supporting WSUP since inception in 2005.

Since then, WSUP has developed itself, with DFID support, into a key global resource for facilitating pro-poor institutional change in lower-income country utilities and municipalities, as well as in supporting private sector and household involvement in ensuring safe and sustainable public health improvements.

DFID is currently investing in core funding – supporting the UK Government’s target of helping 60 million people gain access to water and sanitation. WSUP have also been key partners for DFID in it’s WASH Results Programme – having been involved in the South Asia WASH Results Programme in Bangladesh and as part of the SWIFT consortium in Kenya.

Blog: October 2018 – Keep your hands clean! Preventing diseases, saving lives

Blog: October 2017 -Staying healthy in Bangladesh through improved hygiene practices

Blog: October 2016 – “I taught twenty-six people how and when to wash both hands with soap.”


Susan Nyambura from Dandora

Blog: July 2018 – Clean water for the residents of one of Africa’s largest rubbish dumps

Blog: August 2016 – Safe, affordable, reliable: water connections in Dandora, Nairobi


DFID is also supporting WSUP’s Urban Sanitation Research Initiative, which is a 2017–2020 programme of rigorous research designed to drive pro-poor sector change in urban sanitation in Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya and globally. It is led by WSUP in collaboration with key in-country partners, and core-funded by UK aid from the UK government.

Street scene in Chittagong, BangladeshBlog: August 2017 – Scoping urban sanitation services in three countries

Report: June 2019 – Designing and delivering research-into-use programmes in the WASH sphere

WSUP is a key partner for DFID in the delivery of market-based solutions for poverty alleviation in fast-growing cities in Africa and Asia. WSUP’s innovative approach to developing sustainable water and sanitation services for the poorest consumers in these cities is highly respected and valued.

James Wharton, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State DFID