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Upscaling Basic Sanitation for the Urban Poor (UBSUP) in Kenya

UBSUP is a country-wide up-scaling programme aimed at providing access to basic household sanitation across all Kenyan urban low income areas. Implemented through licensed water utilities, UBSUP concept covers the entire sanitation service chain: it incorporates a social marketing concept, technical concepts for infrastructure, emptying and transportation as well as business and financing models. UBSUP is implemented by the Water Services Trust Fund (WSTF) Kenya and jointly financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the German Development Bank (KfW). Technical assistance to the WSTF and other sector institutions is provided by GIZ.

The GIZ Water Sector Reform Programme team in Kenya recently invited colleagues from other East African GIZ programmes for a peer review. Besides sharing lessons learnt, the objective was to gather feedback to further improve the ongoing scaling up process. This case study is an output of this peer review.