Scaling Up Rural Sanitation


Learning What Works to Improve Rural Sanitation at Scale

Today 2.5 billion people in developing countries do not have access to basic sanitation services. This has a profound effect on their health, economic, and social well-being. While a number of innovative and successful approaches have increased access to sanitation on a small scale, governments and the global community have not been able to scale-up and sustain these efforts.

To learn how to improve rural sanitation at scale and create sustainable change, WSP is working closely with local and national governments, non-governmental organizations, and the domestic private sector in more than a dozen countries where rural sanitation is a critical need (see map). And we're capturing and sharing learning to enable evidence-based decision making by policy-makers and increase support for large-scale implementation in these countries and elsewhere.

WSP's learning strategy focuses on four critical areas: combining Community-Led Total Sanitation and social marketing strategies, or sanitation marketing, to create sustainable behavior change and strengthen the supply of products and services; how to strengthen the enabling environment to work at scale; how to improve performance monitoring to support evidence-based decision making by policy-makers; and how to leverage knowledge to influence policy and action.

Learn More:

NEW: What Does It Take To Scale Up Rural Sanitation? The Water Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) of Loughborough University, UK, in partnership with the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) of the World Bank, recently developed a self-paced online course that addresses the important global challenges facing the water and sanitation sector.