Water doesn’t come out of a tap…

Themes: WASH Water

…It comes out of a system. This is not just a system of infrastructure but also that of people, institutions and politics which manage it.

Take a look at how water flows through cities, and how different parts of the system interact to affect whether residents living in the poorest parts of a city can get access to clean, safe, water:


Given that cities and towns will be home to two-thirds of the world’s population by 2050, improving the system that enables taps and toilets to function has never been more important.

So how does WSUP enable systems to work better?

We do this through:

  1. Effective policies and regulations

Policies and regulations which give clarity on responsibilities, incentivise action, and provide the right environment for the private sector.

  1. Enhanced skills and capacity

Stronger public and private sector service providers, and more effective government.

  1. Improved investment

Investment plans, improved financial management, and targeted investment from international financial institutions

This approach to systems change is rooted in our Sector Functionality Framework, a tool for identifying issues and priorities in urban areas, underpinned by an organisational commitment to learning.