Urban populations are growing rapidly, creating particular challenges around water and sanitation provision.
The world is urbanising. Globally, we have already reached the point at which half of the population lives in towns and cities. In the developing world, urban populations are growing rapidly, and most of these additional people are living in 'unplanned urban settlements' – often referred to simply as shanty towns or slums.
Different challenges are posed in every urban area, due to factors such as:
Getting clean water and toilet facilities to these people, who are very poor and often have no ownership of their land and few if any legal rights, is therefore a complex challenge, but a vital one.
Because of the complexity, there is no 'one size fits all' approach. However, there is a distinct urban approach that differs from how we work in rural areas.
Our urban work must:
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