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Our vision is to improve human, environmental, and ecological health 
in urban informal settlements across the developing world through 
a new approach to the provision and use of water.  

Why informal settlements?

Informal settlements have poor health and well-being that is inextricably linked to environmental exposure to pathogens, pollutants, and disease vectors in water, food, air and soil.

How will we show the program's effectiveness?

The water sensitive cities approach can interrupt the cycles of environmental, health, and equity challenges faced by urban informal settlements.

We have designed and will be empirically testing an accelerated water sensitive revitalisation approach across 24 informal settlements in Makassar, Indonesia, and Suva, Fiji to enable the provision of water, sanitation, flood protection, and environmental stewardship.

The impact of the intervention will be analysed, including health outcomes and policy and financing requirements, to provide an evidence-based assessment of the efficacy of the water sensitive approach in revitalising settlements poorly served by water infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific.

WSC Diagram

  • Informal settlement site in Makassar

  • Informal settlement site in Suva