The safe management of fecal waste is a major public health and economic challenge in most cities of the developing world. Working across continents, Aquaya aims to support local institutions to develop appropriate sanitation solutions.
Accurate information is important for evaluating service delivery, improving efficiencies, and targeting resources. Water sector data, however, are limited in much of the developing world. The objectives of our research are to develop and apply appropriate technologies and best practices that support the integration of data into water management programs.
Small-scale businesses often provide innovative and effective solutions to fill gaps in public services. We study examples of local entrepreneurship in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. We also administer WASH research internship and fellowship programs to empower African researchers with the tools to address Africa’s WASH challenges.
Our goals are to identify the factors that promote local solutions and the strategies that will expand their reach among lower income groups.