Governments, international agencies, and private organizations have invested heavily in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services in recent decades, resulting in considerable advances in the availability of safe water and sanitation in Asia and the Pacific and globally. Yet, more than 2.2 billion people still do not have access to safe drinking water, while more than half of the world’s population continue to lack access to safe sanitation.
Greater understanding of technology, financial, and governance solutions in an urban context could further boost WASH services growth and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. This includes pinpointing areas of progress within the sector, where efforts are still lacking, and what types of programs have been proven to work. Such lessons could also better position policy makers and industry practitioners to build successful WASH programs.
The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Asian Development Bank, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are seeking original, unpublished empirical research papers on technology and governance measures for strengthening water, sanitation, and hygiene services in urban development. Selected papers will be featured during an ADBI virtual workshop in October 2021 and considered for inclusion in a special issue of the journal Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science.
Authors should submit their full papers in English via this link by 1 August 2021. Authors should choose the special issue in step 1 of their submission.
All paper submissions must comply with the Guidelines for Authors of ‘Original Manuscripts‘ (8,000 words) for Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science.