Stakeholder Collaboration and Social Assessment



Lead organisation

Brief Description

2022 – 2024

UKZN – Built Environment and Development Studies

In an effort to strengthen health promotion and disease prevention as identified by the 2021-2024 National Health Research Strategy (NHRS), this study will complement efforts to identify environmental risk factors of disease, including identification of gaps in knowledge on the social, cultural and economic determinants of disease in South African populations. The outputs of this research will also be significant in identification of the barriers to healthy behavioural choices by individuals in regard to WASH, and the potential impact of community-driven health interventions. Interventions driven by local knowledge base with an inclusive approach of the children and youth while taking into consideration the wealth inequalities that exist in the South African context.

2021 – 2023

UKZN – Built Environment and Development Studies

Non-payment for water services is increasing in municipalities across South Africa and is threatening the sustainability of water service provision. It is hypothesized that non-payment for water services is a result of socio-economic, technical and governance failures in particular contexts, as well as socio-cultural and political discourses at both the local and national level. This study focuses on the socio-economic and technical-institutional aspects of non-payment for water services in traditional authority, township and low cost housing projects areas of eThekwini Municipality. It aims to understand the historical, geographical, socio-economic, technical and political factors, which underpin non-payment for water services.

2021 – 2022

Development of a gender intentionality strategy and framework for SASTEP

UKZN – Built Environment and Development Studies

This project focuses on the gender relations that both shape, and are shaped, by the South African sanitation value chain, howver the role of these relations in sanitation outcomes is not always made explicit nor is dealt with directly.

2019 – 2021

University of Leeds

This project is developing an evidence base regarding how and why field-based WASH professionals in four sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries believe failures occur, their experiences when discussing them within their organisation and the sector, and how they believe a culture conducive to greater public sharing and learning from failures could be nurtured.

2016 – 2019

University of Westminster

Community-led Upgrading for Self-Reliance in South Africa: Integrated Construction and Environmental Management Systems in Informal Settlements seeks to support communities by strengthening their capacity to guide urban development themselves. With a focus on Durban Metropolitan Area, South Africa, the project will undertake data collection, capacity building and community mapping, in collaboration with residents, to feed into the creation of an integrated toolkit.

2015 – 2016

IHE Delft

Development and delivery of an on-line course on Faecal Sludge Management.

1995 – 1996

WASH R&D Centre (as the PRG)

In 1995, developments in electronic networking through the Internet opened up new possibilities for the exchange of information between institutions and professionals in the water and sanitation sector. However, this information was scattered and difficult to find. This led to the WASH R&D Centre (as the PRG) being supported to create an information gateway homepage known as INTERWATER.

The aim of INTERWATER was to: 

  • Raise awareness of and access to sources of information, 
  • the generation and dissemination of information, and 
  • the establishment of effective networking among sector institutions and professionals. 

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