IWA’s Inclusive Urban Sanitation initiative aims to reshape the global agenda on urban sanitation over the coming years. It forms part of IWA’s work to promote inclusive, resilient, water-wise and sanitation-secure cities. To further the aims of the initiative, IWA has launched a dedicated campaign – SanitAction – to gather the support and collaborative action needed to secure progress.
Far too many people in towns and cities around the world still lack access to safely managed sanitation. There is a need for an accelerated and inclusive approach to expanding safe service coverage. Importantly, this means looking beyond technology and the usual focus on building infrastructure. Inclusivity requires a holistic approach that tackles wider issues, especially the factors that allow sanitation services of all kinds to be accessed, managed, and delivered sustainably over time.
A central goal of IWA’s initiative will be to engage a wide range of stakeholders, not least the public sector, operators, academics, regulators and other key actors. Supported by this input, the initiative will build on current approaches to progress a widely applicable framework that can support elaboration and exchange on actionable guidance, case studies and peer exchanges and so advance inclusive urban sanitation, especially in low- and middle-income countries.
Actions to support development of this framework will involve assessment of existing tools and frameworks, securing worldwide endorsement to advance inclusive urban sanitation, and building awareness and skills, especially in the public sector responsible for creating the enabling environment for sanitation.
This initiative consists of a project team led by the IWA Secretariat as well as an Advisory Board and Task Force.
In addition, there are opportunities for IWA members to get involved and help shape the outcomes of this initative and contribute to its mission of achieving inclusive sanitation. IWA members can:
The first edition of the Inclusive Urban Sanitation Champions received an overwhelming response, with a total of 106 submissions from 21 countries. An esteemed 13-member expert jury meticulously evaluated the submissions, recognising the outstanding efforts and initiatives that contribute to the advancement of sustainable and inclusive sanitation practices.
The programme features seven distinct categories, each spotlighting excellence and innovation in urban sanitation service provision. The selected IWA Inclusive Urban Sanitation Champions for 2023 are:
The Inclusive Urban Sanitation stories are documenting some of the policies, practices, and approaches that demonstrate how stakeholders especially those in urban areas (e.g., public sector, operators, academics, regulators, and other key actors) are taking part or contributing to Sustainable Development Goal 6 which require water and sanitation concepts and norms to look beyond technology and the usual focus on building infrastructure. Increased focus is on safety, inclusion, environment, public health, and multiple technology solutions tailored to different geographies and socio-economic contexts for building climate-resilient cities. The stories aim to inspire urban stakeholders to discuss ways for advancing inclusive urban sanitation, especially in low- and middle-income countries
Senegal, Uganda, Zambia
To submit a story, kindly send an abstract of not more than 500 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. The abstract should contain the title, name of author(s), location, and subject of the story. As part of the submission, the abstract will undergo a review. The abstract that meets the criteria will be contacted to submit the full story.
The advisory board and task force consist of sanitation experts, regulators, strategic partners and members from various global regions in order to secure a balanced geographical representation and address a wide variety of sanitation challenges.
|Manilla Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS)
|Housing and Urban Development Department (HUDD), State of Odisha
|Water Research Commission
|Limuru Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC)
|African Water Association (AfWA)
|Eastern and Southern Africa Water and Sanitation Regulators Association (ESAWAS)
|World Health Organization (WHO)
|Asia Development Bank (ADB)
|Osward Mulenga Chanda
|Africa Development Bank (AfDB)
|Asia Institute of Technology (AIT)
|Global Sanitation Graduate School (GSGS)
|Colombia Regulatory Agency (CRA)
|National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)
|Department of Public Health Engineering
|Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance
|National Water Services Commission (SPAN)
|Cabinet EDE International
|Lusaka Water and Sanitation Company (LWSC)
|Malindi Water and Sewerage Company
|Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission
|Water Research Commission (WRC)
|Pan-African Association of Sanitation Actors
|CWAS – CEPT, University
|Najib Lukooya Bateganya
|Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
|Big Five Africa Ltd
|Administrative Staﬀ College of India (ASCI)
|Abishek S. Narayan
|EAWAG – Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
|University of Cape Town
|University of Technology Sydney
|Birla Institute of Technology and Science – Pilani
|Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources