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Inclusive design resources for WASH infrastructure

This toolkit and policy brief are designed for practitioners, policy makers, donors and government officials in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) space to design and deliver more inclusive and fairer water and sanitation projects and services in urban informal settlements around the world.

These evidence-based resources are produced with support from the Australian Government’s Water for Women fund.


Based on data from the RISE experience of co-designing WASH infrastructure with Indonesian and Fijian communities. This toolkit presents practical ways WASH practitioners can deliver a gender- and socially-inclusive participatory approach to designing water and sanitation infrastructure in urban informal settlements.

The toolkit consists of a booklet and card deck.

Access in English or Bahasa Indonesia
Key terms also available in iTaukei (native Fijian) and Fijian Hindi

Policy brief 

Distils years of RISE evidence to help governments, decision-makers and funders make policy decisions that support inclusive participatory design of water and sanitation infrastructure projects. It addresses the benefits of investing in participatory design, problems that inclusive participatory design can help with, and steps to improve project design.

Access in English or Bahasa Indonesia

Visit to learn more about how you can put these tools into action in your next WASH project.