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

This guide lays out the different steps involved in an urban programme, in a coherent and accessible way; a document that is both engaging and useful for funders, governments, implementing organisations and sector practitioners. The guide draws upon Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) experience, and it reflects its broader approach to urban WASH. Improving water, sanitation and hygiene services to low-income urban areas is a highly challenging and complex task. Traditional approaches have often failed to work. New approaches and fresh thinking are needed. Also, governments, donors and sector professionals need to genuinely be committed to improving services in slum settlements. It’s challenging but it can be done. This guide offers some solutions based around WSUP’s experience: all that is necessary is to put them into practice. The guide provides an overview of some key strategies and service delivery models. It’s 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; and, to point out further sources of information and guidance. (Link)


Peal, A.; Drabble, S. 2015. The Urban Programming Guide: How to Design and Implement an Effective Urban WASH Programme. Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), USAid, African Cities for the Future (ACF) Programme. 56 p.

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