Improving Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene in Informal Settlements in Kisumu City
This brief summarises the impact of two key projects on urban water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in informal settlemen...
Strengthening Gender Responsive Urban Sanitation: Public and Community Toilets in Bangladesh
In 2021 Practical Action conducted in-depth qualitative research to understand the experiences and priorities of women a...
Managing Our Waste 2021: View from the Global South
Dealing with the waste we all generate is a growing global challenge. Waste management problems are conventionally descr...
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Creating the working conditions for health, dignity and opportunity
This policy brief has been produced based on a study titled ‘Waste and Sanitation Workers’ Working Condition, Occupa...
Routes to scale safe sanitation
This infographic portrays the current status of sanitation in informal communities where Practical Action works. The pri...
This infographic displays our approach to working in sanitation, centring people: gender, inclusivity, community-engagem...
Open Access (free to read or download!)Open Access (free to read or download!)How can we create new practices for research collaboration that mirror the complexities we are facing around the world, including the impacts of climate change, widening inequalities, decreasing biodiversity and untenable consumption levels? Transdisciplinary co-production focuses on real-world problems through collaborative processes that include a wide variety of knowledge and expertise.
What if we understand cities not as engines of growth but of human development and wellbeing? This book sets out a capability response that recognises the collective agency of urban dwellers, and calls for public actions and interventions that address uneven distribution of opportunities and burdens, while promoting democratic processes to imagine and design the cities we value.
Open Access (free to read or download!) Projects and programmes which systematically use these sustainable urban sanitation approaches will achieve better community engagement and increased ownership and thus improve the sustainability and outcomes of urban sanitation investments. Also available in French!
Open Access (free to read or download!) In the developing world’s rapidly growing cities, safe management of sanitation is of ever growing importance. Non-networked sewerage must be improved for so many communities around the world, and this manual provides practitioners with much-needed technical support to diagnose, plan and manage FSM services.
Cities fit for people
As the population of urban slums and settlements in developing countries grow in numbers, our experience working with communities to make cities cleaner, healthier, fairer places for people to live and work is more important than ever.
A transformative approach to faecal sludge management in Bangladesh
A lack of faecal sludge treatment options in Faridpur, Bangladesh meant that as little as 10% was safely managed in 2014. Practical Action has supported the development of co-operatives and a treatment plant, creating smart service providers, reducing open defecation and improving lives.