Research and enterprise
WEDC is a leading research and enterprise organisation focusing on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in low and middle income countries. We are dedicated to providing evidence-based answers to important questions about what to do and how to do it.
WEDC works to develop the underlying analysis of evidence to influence policy and practice. We work with many development sector partners around the world to enhance our collective impact. This is evident from the annual WEDC conference and WEDC’s example of Research Impact submitted to REF2014.
We have wide ranging experience with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary approaches and the key elements of sustainability including: functionality, institutional, financial, environmental and equity aspects. Evidence of the depth and breadth of WEDC's experience is shown in the links to project summaries under our Main Project Themes and Types of Projects listed below.
Main project themes
WEDC has completed a wide range of strategically important research and consultancy projects for a variety of clients, as is shown in the project summaries under the following main themes:
- Urban sanitation
- Rural WASH projects
- Emergency and post emergency
- Disaster risk management and resilience
- Urban water management
- Equity and social inclusion
- Water resources and quality
Types of project
The range of WEDC's research and enterprise work is demonstrated by the project summaries under the following types of projects:
- Applied research
- Monitoring and evaluation
- Capacity development
- Knowledge management and outreach
- Organizational reviews and sector policy
- Project development and design
- Technical support