Livelihoods from Enhanced water Access for the Poor in Slums (LEAPS)

The LEAPS action research project will support poor and vulnerable households in slums to exploit their basic water services for productive uses and improve their household incomes.

The project adopts the Multiple Water Use Services (MUS) approach which takes people’s multiple needs for water as a starting point, moving beyond the conventional separation of water for domestic versus productive uses.

Examples of productive uses of water and small-scale entrepreneurship include farming, poultry farms, fisheries, hatcheries, laundry services, beer brewing and distillation, shear butter extraction, drink dispensing, and block moulding.

The MUS approach has been successfully and extensively applied to improve livelihoods for rural and peri-urban communities. LEAPS will now develop and test a MUS framework for more challenging slum environments, using Kampala’s slums in Uganda as a case study.

The MUS framework will be suitable for widespread application in low-income, high-density settlements in cities of developing countries.

This project is one of twelve Catalyst Projects funded through our Partnership Funding


July 2016 – December 2017




  • Loughborough University
  • National Water and Sewerage Corporation


‘The Multiple Water Use Services framework developed in this pilot project will provide a readily applicable mechanism for implementation across the world’s slums, potentially impacting millions of poor people.’

Dr Sam Kayaga, Loughborough University

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