In the next 5 seconds, the world’s urban population will increase by 10 people, and they all need decent water and sanitation. This puts huge pressure on city service agencies.
In response, WSUP focuses on developing commercially viable models to help water utilities and municipal authorities reach all citizens in their city with improved water and sanitation
The organization is a multi-sector partnership; they offer a creative package of expertise from private sector, NGOs and academia to achieve this.
WSUP’s mission is to improve the lives of the urban poor in developing countries by strengthening the capacity of service providers and others to provide sustainable water and sanitation services, promote good hygiene and raise the health and environmental standards of the community.
WSUP responds to the needs to meet the Millennium Development Goals, improve health, reduce poverty, strengthen economic development and enhance the urban environment.
WSUP was established in 2005 and has quickly become recognised as a leading actor in the urban WASH sector, demonstrating how multi-sector partnerships can have significant impact.
By harnessing the expertise and sector leading knowledge of the private sector, NGOs and research institutions, WSUP works as a professional partner to service providers in the delivery of water and sanitation programmes.
The integrated programmes offer an unrivalled package of support, combining capacity building of all stakeholders and development of relationships between service providers and low income communities to deliver sustainable, improved services.
The approach emphasises planning to achieve sustainable change at scale. They do this by demonstrating financially viable approaches to serving low income areas, and using this as a basis for advocating for wider scale up of such approaches by service providers and local and national governments and their partners, the multilateral financing institutions.
WSUP empowers service providers to demonstrate effective approaches, known as models, in order to mobilise investments for further improvements led by service providers and governments.
Where they work
The implementation programme is currently focused in six countries (Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique and Zambia) with programmes in Mali and India now completed. To maximise the impact, they are actively disseminating learning from these countries to inform people in other countries who are working to tackle similar challenges.
Over the period 2013–2015, they are implementing a structured research agenda aiming to advance understanding of the delivery and financing of pro-poor urban water and sanitation services.
They are doing this research in five specific areas: five key questions to which they need clear answers in order to build the evidence base for pro-poor water and sanitation. In most of these areas, they are developing a single research project focusing down on a specific cluster of related questions.
Where is Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)