The Undoing inequity project

We’re researching the causes and effects of inaccessible water and toilets to make sure our work reaches everyone, everywhere


4 Dec 2013

The ‘Undoing inequity’ project aims to identify some of the barriers that prevent disabled and older people from accessing safe water and sanitation. Focussing on selected communities in Zambia and Uganda, we’ve been working with those affected to identify solutions and assess their effectiveness.

Working with partner organisations and communities in both countries, we have researched the causes and consequences of disabled people’s lack of access to taps and toilets. By making a range of tailored changes, we’re also looking at the effectiveness of tailored solutions.

The ‘Undoing inequity’ project has shown just how simple the necessary changes can be.

Ageing and disability

Our research revealed that many of the ‘hardest to reach’ people were being left behind, even where basic facilities had been installed.

As part of the project, we have looked in depth at the relationship between ageing and disability and how becoming older affects people’s access to clean water and safe toilets.

The Mainstreaming disability in water, sanitation and hygiene projects report outlines our findings and provides a framework for organisations to assess their own inclusion work and make improvements.

Further resources

Through our partnership with Loughborough University’s Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC), we have produced a range of resources to help water and sanitation practitioners ensure their programmes are accessible to all.

The resources include presentations, background information and activity sheets to identify barriers and solutions to water and sanitation. The resources are available to all on the WEDC website.