August 2019

Sanitation Policies, Practices and Preferences in Rangpur, Bangladesh

Limited access to safely managed sanitation infrastructure and services compromises public health and economic growth in the developing world. Low-income households are the most affected: they often cannot afford to construct and manage onsite sanitation facilities or connect to sewerage networks (Daudey, 2017). Understanding the economics of sanitation service improvements, including both life-cycle costs and affordability, is essential for expanding safe sanitation in low-income settings.

The Aquaya Institute is conducting research on urban sanitation economics under the Urban Sanitation Research Initiative, a program managed by Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP). The research goal is to assess the extent to which lowincome households can bear the financial costs of safely managed sanitation in five cities across Kenya (Nakuru, Malindi, and Kisumu), Bangladesh (Rangpur), and Ghana (Kumasi). This brief is on sanitation policies, practices, and preferences in the city of Rangpur, Bangladesh.

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