Research: Sustainability & scalability

A persistent challenge in the water and sanitation sector is designing service improvements that are both sustainable, i.e., that continue to provide safe, reliable, affordable services over the long-term, and that can achieve impact at large scale quickly. Indeed, in many cases these two objectives can be in conflict. Our group is interested in operationalizing different conceptions of sustainability (e.g., financial, social, environmental), as well as investigating the linkages between user demand (preferences) and sustainability. 

Current projects

  • We are working as a learning partner to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, who adopted a new Safe Water Strategy in 2016. The Hilton strategy focuses on strengthening of water service delivery systems at the local government scale as a means of increasing both the quality and sustainability of services. This proof-of-concept at the local government level will be paired with scaling strategies in each of the Foundation's six focal countries: Ghana, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Uganda, and Ethiopia. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting project.