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This research project, commissioned under WSUP’s Urban Sanitation Research Initiative, will use a formative research approach to explore barriers and opportunities for improved school Water,Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Madagascar.


This is an international call: however, there must be strong local involvement in the development and implementation of the research. If the lead bidding organisation is not a Madagascan organisation, then it should be demonstrated that the team will have a strong local presence and strong understanding of the local context, including Malagasy language fluency.

The over-arching aim of this research is to contribute to the evidence base required to improve and expand Madagascar’s existing WASH Friendly Schools programme (Ecoles Amies de WASH).

The research should aim to identify a feasible adjustment to the current programme model, which generates a sustained increase (by comparison with the existing model as currently applied) in the prevalence of key hygiene behaviours, among schoolchildren exposed to the programme and among members of their households. This will involve a) literature review and formative research to identify one or two adjustments to the current model, which can plausibly be expected to achieve better outcomes; and b) rigorous comparative evaluation of outcomes achieved in implementation of the existing model and adjusted models.

Level of funding

Up to GBP 65,000 in total.


For details on eligibility and application guidelines please see the WSUP call document.

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