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Urban sanitation – publications attracting much interest

With the resurgence of interest in urban sanitation with respect to domestic, peri-domestic and city-wide planning, implementation and management, we have noticed that our publications on urban land tenure and sanitation are attracting a lot of interest. Read them here !

Scott, P., Cotton, A. P., & Sohail, M. (2015). Using tenure to build a “sanitation cityscape”: narrowing decisions for targeted sanitation interventions. Environment and Urbanization, Vol 27(2), 1-18.

Scott, P., Cotton, A. P., Sohail, M. (2013) Tenure security and household investment decisions for urban sanitation: the case of Dakar, Senegal, Habitat International, 40, pp.58-64. 

NEW PUBLICATION: 'Disaster Risk Reduction for the Built Environment'

Lee Bosher and Ksenia Chmutina

Between 2010 and 2015 the world experienced 530 disaster events that affected 140 million people, killed 78 thousand people and caused US$151bn in damages, figures that are testament to the massive (and increasingly) negative impacts that disasters have globally.

This book from Wileys by WEDC staff Lee Bosher and Ksenia Chmutina of the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University provides a multi-facetted introduction to how a wide range of risk reduction options can be mainstreamed into formal and informal construction decision making processes, so that Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) can become part of the ‘developmental DNA’.

The contents highlight the positive roles that practitioners such as civil and structural engineers, urban planners and designers, and architects (to name just a few) can undertake to ensure that disaster risk is addressed when (re)developing the built environment.

The book does not set out prescriptive (‘context blind’) solutions to complex problems because such solutions can invariably generate new problems. Instead it raises awareness, and in doing so, inspires a broad range of people to consider DRR in their work or everyday practices.

This highly-illustrated text book provides a broad range of examples, case studies and thinking points that can help the reader to consider how DRR approaches might be adapted for differing contexts.

This publication will be available from June.

ISBN: 978-1-118-92149-4

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NEW: WEDC notes on WASH for smartphones and tablets

This collection of illustrated mobile notes on aspects of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in low- and middle-income countries has been designed for people on the move.

Composed especially for smartphones and tablets, they can be read online or downloaded free of charge.

The link takes you to the list of currently available titles including the WHO Technical Notes on Drinking-water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Emergencies.

Bookmark the link on your phone as the list updates periodically when new notes are added to the collection.

NEW: Water sampling and analysis – A series of four films

Sam Kayaga attends Livelihoods from Enhanced water Access for the Poor in Slums (LEAPS) workshop

 Sam Kayaga attends Livelihoods from Enhanced water Access for the Poor in Slums (LEAPS) – Project Inception Workshop.

The LEAPS project was launched on January 12th at the Makindye Urban Council, Kampala, Uganda. Working in collaboration with NWSC, this aims to holistically improve water security for the urban poor, by supporting poor and vulnerable households in slums, who are currently receiving only basic water services, working together with relevant stakeholder partners such as KCCA, WaterAid, Actogether, CIDI, SSA and Water for People. LEAPS is part of the REACH research programme managed by the University of Oxford.

40th WEDC International Conference

We hope that you are planning to join and celebrate our 40th WEDC International Conference to be hosted at home in Loughborough.

We welcome your contributions to our conference theme.
'Local Action with International Cooperation to Improve and Sustain Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Services'

See the call:

Contributions include:


Oral presentations where the presenter gives a 10 minute talk (with 10 minutes of questions) based on a conference paper and then answers questions from the audience. Talks on three or four similar subjects are grouped together.

'Espresso' presentations where up to six presenters each give a five minute talk supported by four PowerPoint slides, followed by five minutes of questions. After this there are discussions in small groups. These may not be timetabled in advance and can be submitted before or during the conference, subject to space being available, although due to increasing popularity it is preferable to secure a slot prior to the conference. These are reviewed for relevance, comprehensibility and length only.

Poster presentations where a poster is displayed for all or part of the conference and the presenter is available at fixed times to talk informally to delegates. Videos can also be shown during the breaks in the formal conference timetable.



Side events are a 1.5 hour slot in the programme. International agencies, programmes or projects share results, introduce new approaches, or consult with the conference audience on emerging topics in the sector, using various formats. We aim to include an exciting variety and balance of topics in our side event programme. There are side event opportunities on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. These are in high demand, so we ask conveners to download the proposal form and apply for these by 3rd March 2017.



Day four and day five of the conference are dedicated to capacity development workshops. We invite those involved in the development of capacity in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector to join us and demonstrate their skills and experience through the design and delivery of a high quality and relevant workshop, either as a half day or full day session.


The WEDC Conference Team

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