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Cambridge Global Challenges


A call for research proposals to improve the provision of sanitation services in Kisumu, Kenya with a view to local private sector involvement.

This research project is commissioned under the Urban Sanitation Research Initiative, which is a 2017−2020 research programme core-funded by UK aid from the UK government, and managed by Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP).


  • an assessment of current core market performance for faecal waste emptying services in Kisumu on the demand and supply side, with an emphasis on the lowincome segment of the market and barriers to private sector operation in low-income areas;
  • the identification of priority policy measures  and/or public private arrangements for enhanced private sector targeting of low-income customers, based on negotiated consensus between the private sector and institutional stakeholders.

The research aims to identify specific policy measures which are both potentially impactful and viable prospects for implementation: as such, we will strongly favour approaches which set out a clear path towards securing institutional commitment to trialling candidate measures.

Level of funding

GBP 100,000 inclusive of VAT.


For further details please see the WSUP call document.


Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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