Urban WASH

Traditionally, developmental water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programming in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement has focused on the needs of rural communities. Our efforts in urban contexts are limited.
However, already today 54% of the world’s population live in urban areas, so there is a need to expand the focus and to be able to provide water, sanitation and hygiene promotion services in urban areas.

How we want to do this?​

  • ​Supporting National Societies in implementing activities and projects in Urban WASH, focusing on both sectors – Emergency and Development
  • Working close together with private service providers, water utilities and local organizations to improve significantly their capacity to deliver services at scale
  • Channeling and coordinating resources through the Urban WASH Technical Working Group​
  • Partnering with Academic Institutions and other Organizations leading in Urban WASH
  • Developing trainings and resource material for Red Cross practitioners

Guidelines and tools​

Red Cross Red Crescent Guidelines and tools

Urban WASH Fact Sheet

Urban WASH Specific Strategic Direction.

Building urban resilience

External Guidelines and tools

Learning resources

Red Cross Red Crescent Learning Resources

Urban WASH presentations



Netherlands RC innovation







Urban WASH Case Studies and relevant documents

Ghana Urban WASH Pilot Project (NLRC) - PDF version or HTML version

Malawi - Netherlands RC Urban WASH case study additional documents

Malawi - EU WASH Desludging Report

LEARNING FROM THE CITY British Red Cross Urban Learning Project Scoping Study

Ghana-Urban WASH IFRC Cholera Hotspots

Uganda-OSS Danish Uganda case study


Bangladesh Urban WASH case study notes

Haiti - Urban Plan-Haiti-PaP-FRC-HRC

SARC Damascus-Water-Cut-Intervention

SARC Damascus-Water-Cut-Intervention


External Learning Resources

To include resources on this page, or for more information on IFRC initiatives please contact: wash.geneva@ifrc.org