What does an enabling environment look like for urban sanitation?

Themes: Sanitation WASH
Countries: Bangladesh Kenya Zambia

This week, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) held a webinar to explore what an enabling environment for urban sanitation really looks like.

Despite its evident importance to achieving scale, the components of a well-functioning enabling environment for urban sanitation are weakly understood. This webinar shared lessons from a 5-year programme – funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – which aimed to catalyse the market for on-site sanitation services in Bangladesh, Kenya and Zambia, through the development of flexible public-private arrangements.

During the webinar, participants heard from:

  • Amirul Hasan, WSUP Business Development Lead, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Emanuel Owako, WSUP Project Manager, Kisumu, Kenya
  • Sibongile Ndaba, WSUP Business Development Lead, Lusaka, Zambia
  • Rosie Renouf, WSUP Research Officer
  • Moderator: Sam Drabble, WSUP Head of Research and Learning

In the webinar:

  • We introduced a new sector functionality framework for conceptualising and evaluating the enabling environment, grounded in WSUP’s experience of implementing urban WASH programmes in six countries
  • We shared experiences of strengthening key components of the local enabling environment from Bangladesh, Kenya and Zambia
  • We demonstrated our new online simulation called ‘The Bottom Line’ which brings to life some of the challenges faced by sanitation businesses.

Watch a recording of the webinar:

Click here to download the presentation slides.

Click here for the Webinar Q&A