SaniUP project

The SaniUP project (‘Stimulating local innovation on sanitation for the urban poor in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia’) aims to stimulate local innovation on sanitation for the urban poor through research and to strengthen the sanitation sector in developing countries through education and training. This website compiles more than 150 documents generated by the project staff including PhD and MSc theses, scientific ISI publications, research videos and interviews.

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Brian Arbogast

Mr. Brian Arbogast, Director of the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, talks about the SaniUP project, BMGF strategy and his own ambitions during his visit to IHE Delft (formerly UNESCO-IHE) in April 2016 where he addressed 123 new MSc graduates from 38 countries at the graduation ceremony in Delft.

Explore our project

Here you will find information on some of the most important parts of the SaniUP project.

  • Post-doctoral program

    A post-doctoral fellow was assigned to lead each of the five research themes of the project, support the lead research partners, facilitate the supervision of PhD students, internal and external communication and enhance the exchange and dissemination of research results. To meet the post-doctoral fellows please click here.

  • PhD program

    Twenty PhD fellows from twelve developing countries were divided over five research themes and hosted by eight academic institutions taking care that none of the institutions had less than two or more than three fellows. The project provided funds for their applied research and the construction of innovative experimental set-ups. The research was supervised by a dedicated team of professors and scientists supported by post-doctoral fellows. PhD degrees were obtained following the rules and requirements of the host institutions. To meet the PhD fellows and download their theses and scientific papers, please click here.

  • MSc program

    The Master of Science program included 63 students from twenty developing countries divided over four sanitary engineering programs, one Delft-based and three joint programs between IHE Delft and partners from Ghana, Thailand and Colombia. Scholarships were secured for all the enrolled students. 58 of these students received an MSc degree. Care was taken that the research work addressed the sanitation provision for the poor and whenever possible supported the research of PhD fellows. To meet the MSc students and download their theses, please click here.

  • Graduate Professional Diploma Program

    The Graduate Professional Diploma Program (GPDP) was established through this project and was added to the IHE Delft portfolio of courses in 2015. Since then more than 150 participants from twenty countries have enrolled in the program and 25 have so far earned a diploma. GPDP disseminates sanitation and sanitary engineering knowledge to professionals without the means, time or interest to pursue an MSc degree in this field, or with an MSc Degree in a related field and a wish to specialize professionally. The program consists of a sequence of four or five online courses, regular short courses or a combination. The online courses can be followed part-time, without interrupting a day time career. In order to ensure that the program fits the personal circumstances of the applicant, courses will be selected and a personal study plan will be designed in collaboration with a study adviser. Following the popularity of the first GPDP, more have been developed at IHE Delft and more will become available at partner institutions.

  • Online courses

    Two new online courses were developed under this project:

    You can learn more about these courses and download the materials free of charge by clicking on the links above.

Download the book

Sanitation Innovations (50.3 MB)

The first copy of the book has been presented to Mr. Bill Gates on March 8th, 2018.

This book provides an overview of the main outputs so far of the two grants made by the BMGF to IHE Delft, namely: Grant OPP1029019 - ‘Stimulating local innovation on sanitation for the urban poor in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia (SaniUP)’ (2011-2019), and Grant OPP1157500) - 'Accelerating the Impact of Education and Training on Non-sewered Sanitation' (2016-2022).
  • Brdjanovic D., (2018) Sanitation Innovations, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, ISBN 9789073445345. pg 90.

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