The Urban Programming Guide: How to Design and Implement an Effective Urban WASH Programme

March 2014

The guide provides an introduction to urban water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programming: how to design and implement a pro-poor urban WASH programme. The recommendations are drawn primarily from the extensive experience of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere. WSUP currently has urban WASH programmes in 11 cities across six countries (Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique and Zambia).

This guide is primarily designed for WASH professionals working in governments, development agencies, funding agencies or civil society organisations. It will also be useful for professionals working for service providers including water utilities, local authorities and in the private sector.

The guide provides an overview of some key strategies and service delivery models. It is not intended to be encyclopaedic: it’s a rapid-reference document with the following intended uses:

  • to aid the planning, design and implementation of urban WASH programmes
  • to assist with investment planning by service providers
  • to point the reader towards further sources of information and guidance.

Additional details

PublisherWater and Sanitation for the Urban Poor
CountryBangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia
ApproachesCity-wide approaches, Peri-urban approaches, Sanitation approaches, Small town approaches

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