The Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) Program aims to demonstrate a new approach to water and sanitation management in urban informal settlements in Makassar, Indonesia and Suva, Fiji. RISE is an action-research program using a randomised control trial (RCT) methodology involving 24 informal settlements (12 in each country). The RISE theory of change is that the water sensitive cities (WSC) approach can interrupt the fecal-oral transmission route, resulting in an improvement in human gastrointestinal health, especially for children under 5 years of age. The expected outcome is to gather evidence that a localised, water-sensitive approach to upgrading informal settlements can deliver sustainable, cost-effective improvements in health and the environment as a complementary to ‘big pipes’ in the Asia-Pacific, paving the way for further deployments in the region and globally.
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