Water Week took place at the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC from February 17-20, 2009. The event was organized by the Water Anchor in partnership with the Water Sector Board. Titled “Tackling Global Water Challenges”, the discussions focused on the urgent challenges currently faced by the water community including inter alia: adapting to climate change, responding to the food crisis, keeping the momentum for the MDGs, and dealing with the potential impact of the global economic crisis.
All presentations are now online here.
Below are links to some of the Africa-related WASH presentations:
Posted in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Financing, Ghana, Kenya, Rural WASH, Sanitation, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Urban WASH, Zambia
Le Bay, S. and Loquai, C. (eds) (2008). Assessing decentralisation and local governance in West Africa : taking stock of strengthening the monitoring and evaluation capacity of local actors. Bamako,Mali, Communicances. 271 p. ISBN 99952-58-06-4
Related project documents and full case studies are available here
This document examines a number of initiatives to build the capacity of local stakeholders to monitor and evaluate decentralisation and local governance processes, particularly in the health, education and water sectors. It builds on the results of case studies done in five West African countries (Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali and Niger) as well as discussions of these studies at a regional seminar in Bamako, 17-18 May 2006.
This publication is divided into two parts: the first part deals with methodological issues and summarises cross-cutting findings arising of the exchange of experiences on the case studies during the seminar. The second part presents the experiences documented with different tools and approaches to strengthen local monitoring and evaluation capacity in the form of case studies themselves.
The publication synthesizes the results of the project “Building capacities for monitoring and evaluating decentralisation and local governance in West Africa (2005-2007)”. The project was a joint initiative of the Réseau de Réflexion et d’Échanges sur le Développement Local (REDL) a Malian network of development organisations and programmes working in the field of decentralisation and local development), the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV-Mali), the Malian Ministry of Territorial Administration and Local Government (MATCL) and the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), in cooperation with several development organisations working in West Africa.
Posted in Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Governance, Mali, Monitoring & evaluation, Niger, Water supply
Tagged decentralisation, local governance, local government, local support, monitoring, water security
Water utility, Camerounaise Des Eaux (CDE), has set up an infiormation booth is in the national capital Yaounde to educate the public about water treatment. The booth displays treatment equipment and laboratory methods for water quality analysis. Passers-by can learn how a flocculator works, the steps in water treatment, and which chemicals are used. In addition, CDE technicians explain how to keep water safe at home and how to conserve it.
Camerounaise des Eaux (CDE) replaces the former Cameroon National Water Company (SNEC), whose management has been transferred to a consortium led by the Office National de l’Eau Potable (ONEP) of Morocco. SNEC has been split into CDE and the Cameroon Water Utilities Corporation (CAMWATER), a state-owned asset holding company.
Source: Stéphanie B. Hissoak, Quotidien Mutations / allAfrica.com [in French], 12 Dec 2008
UNICEF, October 10, in Yaounde, launched a project to construct some 1.5 million toilets throughout the country [...] in three years at the tune of FCFA 3.4 billion per year. According to the programme, households and public establishments would have to do the digging of the toilets after which a subvention would be given to fund the decking of the toilet.
In the area of water, FCFA 25.5 billion per year would be used in the construction of 22.000 new taps, and the rehabilitation of 6000 existing ones.
[In Cameroon] only 15 percent of the rural population having access to improved toilets.
[...] UNICEF would equally identify, conceive and develop an information communication and education tool geared towards behavioural change, and knowledge acquisition in practical hygiene and support water and sanitation projects in schools and health centres.
Source: Leocadia Bongben, The Post (Buea) / allAfrica.com, 17 Oct 2008
Monday 9 June 2008, AfricaNews
Many neighbourhoods in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, still rely on water wells for consumption and other household related work. In many cases that water is not clean as wells are not protected and isolated from nearby waste disposal places, toilets, and domestic animals.
Elisabeth Benkam, AfricaNews reporter in Yaounde, Cameroon, has posted this mobile phone video report on Voices of Africa, a citizen journalism initiative set up the Dutch NGO Africa Interactive.
Watch the video here
See also two earlier mobile reports on access to clean water:
Since the 1990s when the Cameroon government stopped providing free water in urban centres, most of the population of the commercial capital Douala have had to resort to digging their own wells, which are often contaminated. But four years ago, a shiny futurist-looking structure sprang up in Bessengué Akwa, one of the city’s poorest neighbourhoods, and it is more than just a source of reliable water.
Designed by Cameroonian architect Danièle Diwouta-Kotto, the water fountain also serves as a public attraction and meeting place. Inside the structure are benches and a small general store whose manager also manages the water. The water is sold for 1 CFA franc a litre (less that a third of 1 US cent). That is half the price water cost the community before the fountain had been built.
Revenue from the new fountain is divided in three, with one part going to the manager, one part going to the water company and one part going to a local committee set up by the community to maintain the fountain.The fountain, which cost around 2.6 million CFA francs (US$6,200), was funded by the European Union and the French Institut Régional de Coopération Développement in the region of Alsace.
The project was so successful that the World Bank decided to finance two similar fountains nearby, though these cost 4.5 million CFA francs (US$10,750) each and almost two years later they are yet to produce a single drop of water.
Source: IRIN, 20 May 2008