Scoping Study for the Sanitation Research Programme


Recognising the significant challenges that remain in the sanitation sector, DFID Research commissioned this scoping study to identify potential areas of research into the production of new knowledge or the application or adaptation of existing knowledge that could have a significant impact on improving sanitation for the poor and thereby contribute towards helping meet the MDG target of sanitation.

The objectives of the Scoping Study are to identify the programme content and implementation modalities of a DFID Research Programme to improve sustainably the health and livelihoods of poor and vulnerable people and stimulate pro-poor growth by increasing access and use of sanitation for urban and rural communities. The Scoping Study was carried out in two phases. In the first Phase, activities included reviewing current literature on sanitation, consulting with stakeholders in sanitation and sanitation research and mapping of current and planned research activities being undertaken in this field. A draft Scoping Report was then prepared with a range of possible sanitation research themes and modalities for implementation and discussed with DFID. In the second Phase, following discussions with DFID about their preferences, the Scoping Study was finalised and a draft Project Concept note and draft Programme Document for the Sanitation And Hygiene Research Programme were prepared.

This Draft Scoping Study Report describes the findings of the consultations, literature review and mapping, and identifies a range of research themes and programme modalities that could be part of the sanitation and hygiene research programme.


Hove, UK; ITAD Water. 76 pp.

Scoping Study for the Sanitation Research Programme

Published 1 January 2009