Urban Resilience By Building Partnerships And Applying New Evidence In WASH (URBAN WASH)

Delivering high-quality evidence to improve access to inclusive urban and peri-urban water and sanitation services.


Enabling environment for improved water quality and city-wide sanitation
  • Policies, regulations, and institutional arrangements instrumental for inclusive improvements in drinking water quality and city-wide sanitation
  • Cost recovery mechanisms for water quality monitoring
  • Approaches for financially sustainable city-wide inclusive water and sanitation services
Small and informal service providers (SIPs)
  • Best approaches to incorporating SIPs into city-wide inclusive WASH services
  • Policy and regulatory framework to improve SIP
Source water protection and diversification
  • Legal and regulatory frameworks, DSTs and funding models that support sustainable and equitable domestic drinking water protection measures for small, medium and large cities


Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides context for the Urban Resilience by Building Partnerships and Applying New evidence in WASH (URBAN WASH) project, a five-year (2021–2026) project that will generate evidence to promote impactful, sustainable, equitable and…


URBAN WASH is led by a team of experienced researchers and urban WASH experts and supported by an external Advisory Board composed of WASH and urban resilience innovators and thought leaders. The project is implemented by Tetra Tech in collaboration with a consortium of partners including, Aquaya Institute, FSG, Iris Group, Segura Consulting, Stockholm Environment Institute-US, and WaterAid.

TETRA TECH brings more than 35 years of successful WASH sector programming and thought leadership. Tetra Tech provides technical assistance in the areas of urban water supply, sustainability assessments, and across a wide range of other technical and analytical service areas.

AQUAYA INSTITUTE offers experienced scientists and field-based WASH researchers who bring a rigorous approach to implementation research. Aquaya provides technical assistance in the areas of water quality, point of use water treatment, market-based approaches, sanitation economic studies, and evaluation.

FSG offers a formal business analytics perspective to understanding successes and challenges of market-based sanitation interventions. FSG provides technical assistance in the areas of market-based WASH services, market assessments, and inclusive market development.

IRIS GROUP brings extensive experience in mixed methods research on women and WASH and gender-equitable approaches to rural and urban sanitation programming. The Iris Group provides technical assistance to Urban WASH in the areas of gender mainstreaming, social inclusion, and women’s empowerment, and will contribute to design, analysis, and recommendations across all project components.

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SEGURA CONSULTING is an international consulting firm, specializing in advisory services to public and private sector clients in emerging markets with an established track record supporting USAID WASH sector programming. Segura provides technical assistance in the areas of utility reform, private sector engagement, and WASH financing.

STOCKHOLM ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE-US (SEI) is an international not-for-profit research organization that has been engaged in environment and development issues at local, national, regional and global policy levels for 25 years. For Urban WASH, SEI provides technical assistance in the areas of WRM and source water protection.

WATERAID is a non-profit organization with affiliates implementing WASH programs in 27 countries. For Urban WASH, WaterAid supports the roll out of implementation research in the field by leveraging and convening their local networks and stakeholders.

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