Looking through an equity and inclusion lens in Tanzania: The experience of WaterAid

Joyce Ndesamburo, Erin Flynn, Samantha French

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Globally, 780 million people still do not have access to safe water and 2.5 billion lack improved sanitation. Since its inception, WaterAid has been deeply committed to issues of equity, choosing to work in some of the poorest countries in Africa and Asia, and within these, to work with people who are marginalised. In Tanzania, WaterAid has been using an equity and inclusion approach to ensure that the most marginalised people have access to safe water and sanitation. This article draws on WaterAid's experience of implementing an inclusive water and sanitation project in Bashnet, Babati district, Manyara region, Tanzania. Specifically, lessons from this project highlight the ability of the equity and inclusion approach to better understand and meet the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs of women and girls, as well as other groups who are often excluded.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-465
Number of pages13
JournalGender and Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • disabled people
  • equity and inclusion
  • gender
  • safe water and sanitation
  • women and girls

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development

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