SPLASH Sanitation Research Programme
In Sub-Saharan Africa, the rates of urbanization have generally exceeded the capacities of national and local governments to plan and manage sanitation systems in an efficient, equitable and sustainable way. Improving sanitation services to the urban poor is an urgent priority that will have major positive impacts on human health and dignity, economic productivity and the environment. Research is required to support these efforts.
Therefore, SPLASH, the ERA-NET of the European Water Initiative, launched a joint research call which is funded by Austria, United Kingdom, France, Sweden and Switzerland (lead donor).
The chosen projects in the call focus on investigation of the sanitation service systems in low-income urban areas in Sub-Saharan Africa. They consider both working and dysfunctional systems by investigating and evaluating key factors for success or failure of a system. The results of the projects should contribute to: understand sustainable sanitation service chains in urban areas from a financial, social, institutional and technical point of view; determine good practice, innovative models, key success factors and barriers for the implementation of sanitation service chains for the urban poor; formulate evidence-based policy recommendations and institutional arrangements that further large-scale implementation of sustainable sanitation service chains in poor urban areas.