This is a bilingual seminar on Monitoring the decentralised delivery of WASH services in rural areas and small towns in West Africa in Ouagagoudou, Burkina Faso organised by IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre and pS-Eau.
Date: 07 – 09 April 2014
Designed in priority for stakeholders working in collaboration with local governments, this seminar will be an opportunity to share experiences in the field of monitoring WASH services at local level in West Africa.
The seminar will be structured around four themes:
- Monitoring and evaluation to support local governments’ water and sanitation strategic planning
- Monitoring and evaluation to improve water, sanitation and hygiene services
- Monitoring and evaluation to manage water and sanitation services
- Monitoring and evaluation to regulate water and sanitation services
but related topics are also of interest to the organisers.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 17 February 2014
More information: www.irc.nl/page/82341
Organised by: APRH – Associação Portuguesa dos Recursos Hídricos, ABRH – Associação Brasileira de Recursos Hídricos, ACRH – Associação Cabo-Verdiana de Recursos Hídricos. AQUASHARE – Associação Moçambicana dos Profissionais de Água and DNA - Departamento de Água e Saneamento
The main themes of the SILUSBA (Simpósio de Hidráulica e Recursos Hídricos dos Países de Língua Portuguesa) are:
- Water and sanitation for the poor
- Water and international cooperation
- Water and economic development
- Water and education
- Water governance for a sustainable water business.
- Water resources management, incl. climate change,
- Hydraulics and hydrology research
- Water and the environment
During the symposium, the Netherlands-supported Mozambique Water Platform (PLAMA) and Wetskills Innovation Challenge will be launched.
Organised by: African Water Association (AfWA) and SODECI s.a.
Theme: Mobilizing Resources and Governance of Water and Sanitation in Africa
- Integrated Management of Water Resources and Climate Change
- Capacity Building for improved Water and Sanitation Services
- Advances in Water and Waste Water Treatment Technologies
- Pro Poor Water and Sanitation Services
- Financing Options for Water and Sanitation Services
Call for papers
Abstract deadline: 10 May 2013
Website: www.afwacongress2014.org (under development)
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Marking the 10th anniversary of the formation of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), the 4th Africa Water Week will celebrate AMCOW’s achievements and reflect on opportunities for achieving water security and adequate sanitation in Africa. Over 1,000 participants are expected.
Organised by: African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) in conjunction with the African Union Commission (AUC)
Hosted by: Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Egypt (MWRI)
Main theme: “Water for Growth in Africa, AMCOW’s Journey @10”
Sub-themes / Lead Conveners:
- Water and Sanitation for Development / USAID – Further Advancing the Blue Revolution Initiative (FABRI)
- Infrastructure for Growth and Climate Resilience Development / UN Water Africa, UNECA-African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) & African Union Commission (AUC)
- Private Sector Investment in Sanitation and Water / African Development Bank (AfDB)
- Water Governance and Financing / Global Water Partnership (GWP), African Development Bank (AfDB), EU Water Initiative – Africa Working Group (EUWI AWG)
- 14 May – AMCOW General Assembly
- 15 May – AMCOW @ 10 celebrations
- 16-18 May – Technical Sessions on sub-themes (see above)
Under the sub-theme “Water and Sanitation for Development”, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre and Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA) will co-convene a session on “Monitoring For Action: Improving WASH Sector Performance and Sustainable Service Delivery” (17 May).
For more information visit: www.africawaterweek.com
Organised by the Centre Africain pour l’Eau Potable et l’Assainissement (CREPA), this meeting will focus on the need to improve investment in the water and sanitation sector in Africa. About 200 participants are expected from development organisations, bilateral and multi-lateral groups, civil society organisations as well as governments.
The four-day meeting will include an African Workshop on the pricing of water and sanitation services and sanitation, a ministerial dialogue, a round table of donors, and the launch of an African Forum on innovative local solutions in the field of hygiene, sanitation and drinking water supply.
Read the full announcement (in French)
African ministers have committed to do what they can ‘in our own back yard’ by using local finance for sanitation rather than depend on hand-outs. They were following the advice of President Kagame of Rwanda who opened AfricaSan 3, the Third African Sanitation and Hygiene Conference, which was held in Kigali from 19-21 July 2011. Hosted by the Government of Rwanda and the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), the conference attracted 900 people from 67 countries, including 23 African Ministers and deputy Ministers .
The aim of AfricaSan 3 was to “put Africa back on track to meet the sanitation MDG”. Civil society groups attending the conference said that the high level of participation and engagement shown by African Governments offered cause for optimism. However, much still needs to be done as just four countries in Sub Saharan Africa are currently on-track to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target for sanitation. The single biggest challenge identified at the conference was funding, as there had been little or no progress towards the agreed target of allocating 0.5% of GDP to sanitation .
A major outcome of AfricaSan 3 was that 35 countries were developing national sanitation action plans. They have agreed to hold six monthly reviews of agreed actions over the next 2 years to be reviewed by sector leaders and submitted to the AMCOW AfricaSan Task Force .
 Read the full AfricaSan 3 Conference Statement
 WSSCC / ANEW / WaterAid / End Water Poverty, Africa could turn a corner in the sanitation crisis, WSSCC, 22 Jul 2011
- Ghana: only 0.1% of budget committed to sanitation, E-Source, 15 Jul 2011
- Rwanda: country targets 100 per cent sanitation coverage by 2012, E-Source, 10 May 2011
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This is a call for participants and contributors to an in-depth learning and sharing session on sanitation in rapidly-growing towns.
IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, together with UCLGA, WIN-SA and AusAid, are hosting a Learning and Sharing Workshop around this crucial topic in November 2011. The 2 day session, to be held near Johannesburg (in the week of 7 November), will explore proactive, tangible ways to deal with pressing sanitation issues in towns experiencing rapid growth in Southern Africa.
SADC participants (eligible countries in green here) are invited to apply to participate or contribute to the workshop – which discusses practical and pragmatic ways to seize the current ‘window of opportunity’ that exists in rapidly growing towns. The application deadline is 5 October 2011.
For more information and an application form go to: www.irc.nl/page/66412
On Thursday, after 23 years of hard work and a major setback, Ghana finally declared victory over Guinea worm.
Vice President John Dramani Mahama has called on volunteers and co-ordinators of the Guinea Worm Eradication Programme to be extra vigilant in ensuring that guinea worm did not resurface as the country entered the final phase of the eradication of the disease.
Read the full stories in Times Live, 28 July 2011 and GNA/Ghana, 28 July 2011
During the third Africa Sanitation and Hygiene Conference (AfricaSan 3) the Rwanda Environment Care (REC), a local NGO that provides a variety of sanitary facilities across the country, scooped the Utilities Award in Africa for its efforts to improve sanitation and hygiene. Announcing the Utilities Award, the head of Unilever, Dr. Myriam Sindibe said that REC was awarded for raising the bar on service delivery of sanitation services. Others awarded include the Mayor of Ouagadougou, who received the local government award for formulating and implementing clear policies on sanitation that have contributed to large-scale improvement in sanitation and hygiene. Prof. Sandy Cairncross received the AMCOW roll of honour for his outstanding lifetime contribution in advancing the sanitation and hygiene agenda in Africa. Kenya won a hand washing award for the private public partnerships that saw the country win the Guinness World Record for the most number of people washing their hands at the same time at a single location on October 15, 2010. The WASH United received the media award for their sustained coverage of sanitation and hygiene issues have provided high visibility in the media space and contributed to raising the profile of sanitation and hygiene on the continent.
Source: Edwin Musoni, The New Times / allAfrica.com, 23 July 2011 ; Claire Wanja, KBC News, 21 July 2011
Civil society organisations (CSOs) are calling on African leaders and international governments to take urgent action on the continent’s critical sanitation situation. The call was issued on the eve of AfricaSan 3, the only Africa-wide conference on sanitation, which is taking place from 19-21 July 2011 in Kigali, Rwanda.
“Despite our collective efforts, since the last AfricaSan 2.1 million children under-five have died of diarrhea caused by poor sanitation, water and hygiene in Africa,” said civil society leader Doreen Wandera Kabasindi from Uganda.
“We are striving to bring an end to these preventable deaths and this huge suffering so we call on our governments to take urgent action.”
In consultation with over 230 African CSOs, INGO WaterAid, Freshwater Action Network (FAN), the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the End Water Poverty campaign, they are demanding that their governments and development partners to:
- Develop clear financial plans to ensure that 0.5% of GDP is spent on sanitation, as per the eThekwini Declaration, and that these funds are targeted to those most in need
- Work together to support the global Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership to ensure high-level coordination of funds, targets and practises.
- Work transparently so their progress can be monitored and assessed, especially in relation to the implementation of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation
Read the full statement