Water, sanitation and hygiene research

Australia supports a range of research which contributes to improved policy and programs in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. This includes ongoing research funded under the former AusAID Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRAS), a competitive grants program which operated in 2012. ADRAS projects were required to consist of original research, with a primary but not exclusive geographic focus in the Asia Pacific region, and be up to three years in duration.

The WASH projects selected for funding in 2012 are summarized in the table below.

Title Summary Region/country of focus Research organisation Duration
Civil society support for water and sanitation services for the poor Research to strengthen the quality and impact of civil society organisation (CSO) work in facilitating private and social enterprise involvement to sustainable water and sanitation services for the poor, and overcome market failure. It will also address how equitable outcomes—including gender equity—are best supported. Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Vietnam University of Technology, Sydney 2013–15
Supporting the demand for rural water and sanitation services in the Pacific To increase understanding of rural water and sanitation markets and the demand for services in the Pacific region. The research findings will provide WASH sector stakeholders with documented guidance, advice and support on enabling sustainable, demand-driven water and sanitation services. Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands International Water Centre 2013–15
Managing sanitation service delivery for poor urban areas This research aims to fill a critical gap in the governance (day-to-day management and institutional arrangements) for decentralised sanitation service delivery beyond the household level. The research will inform practitioners and policymakers of viable organisational models and governance arrangements. Indonesia, Vietnam University of Technology, Sydney 2013–15
Disability and its impact on safe hygiene and sanitation This projects aims to fill knowledge gaps relating to water, sanitation and hygiene access, needs and barriers for people with disabilities. The research will collaborate with key stakeholders and policymakers to develop effective mitigation strategies. Bangladesh, Malawi London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 2013–15
Community management of rural water supply systems This research will investigate functioning 'community managed' rural water schemes across India (a necessarily large sample size) in order to determine the extent of direct and indirect support required to sustain services with a valid level of community engagement. India Cranfield University 2013–15
Climate change and water supply and sanitation on atolls and flood-prone catchments in the Pacific This project will develop a framework that will enable communities and water managers to navigate from understanding impacts of climate change to evaluating adaptation options for water supply and sanitation. The research will produce tools to aid stakeholders throughout the Pacific in adapting to climate change. Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu International Water Centre 2013–15

Last Updated: 24 October 2014