Mobilizing for Adequate, Accessible, and Affordable (A³) Water and Sanitation Services

In addressing water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in Sub-Saharan Africa, the research community often tends to focus on accessibility and adequacy of services in rural areas - and increasingly in urban areas. However, the dichotomy of spatial typologies belies the true diversity of neighborhoods across this urbanizing continent and the fractured or decentralized nature of infrastructures in such shifting landscapes. This project seeks to extend the current knowledge frontier connecting geographies, services, socio-economics, and health through promoting a more comprehensive and textured “triple lens” of inquiry that eschews brush-stroke rural or urban categories and instead examines at the neighborhood scale how affordability is conceived and determined - both from provider standpoints and from the user end - in addition to studying accessibility and adequacy in defining and addressing WASH challenges in Mozambique.