Contributing to gender equality
and inclusive WASH
Community members collecting water prior to having access to reliable services, Timor-Leste. Credit: WaterAid/Tom Greenwood
The UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures is leading three Water for Women research projects to address key gaps in evidence and guidance for practitioners and policy-makers, working in collaboration with local partners in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal and Timor-Leste.
Contributing to global debates on how to better address and measure gender equality and women’s empowerment in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector, these projects also address major challenges facing the WASH sector, including climate change and increasing citizen voice in gaining access to services.
Women meeting as part of a sanitation cooperative in Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo credit: Tri Lestari Wahyuning Utami
Latest news from our projects
ISF is working in partnership with World Vision Bangladesh and the University of Rajshahi to conduct an outcome assessment of gender-transformative social accountability in Bangladesh
ISF-UTS has recently developed a tool to explore the connections between gender equality and WASH – the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Gender Equality Measure – the WASH-GEM. The WASH-GEM can describe these connections and evaluate changes over time.
New research by ISF offers guidance on how water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) organisations can become more inclusive.
When considering gender equality, disability and social inclusion in WASH, we need to look at both the people who are benefiting from and managing WASH systems, and the institutions that shape and deliver WASH services.
About Water for Women
UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures was awarded three WASH Research Awards as part of the Water for Women Fund, which supports civil society organisations (CSOs) to implement gender and socially inclusive WASH projects in Asia and the Pacific.
WASH Research Awards are for high-quality, policy-relevant research that is available, accessible and communicated to the policy development and program design community in Australia, Asia, the Pacific and the global WASH sector.
Why WASH research?
“Research is a key pathway for development innovation and to inform policy-making and program delivery. Investments in research facilitate access to diverse partnerships and networks, contributing to Australia’s aid policy and wider diplomatic engagement in partner countries. Providing access to high-quality research and analysis that addresses key WASH sector gaps assists partner governments, private sector and civil society to improve access to these essential services. In short, research will assist in developing better, more sustainable outcomes in WASH delivery.”
– Water for Women Fund
The UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures works with industry, government and civil society organisations to create change towards sustainable futures through research and consultancy.
For over two decades our work has supported better water and sanitation policy, advocacy and practice in developing countries.
We are Asia-Pacific experts with 20 years’ experience working across urban and rural areas of countries within our region. Our WASH expertise further benefits from our position in an institute at the forefront of research into global water systems, energy, resource futures and climate change.
Learn more about our wider programs of WASH and development-focused research.
This project has been funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The views expressed in this website are the author’s alone and are not necessarily the views of the Australian Government.