WSSCC to take part of 6th Africa Water Week Conference

Date: 15th July 2016

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The council will convene a technical session with highlights from the Global Sanitation Fund programmes

Schoolgirls using a handwashing facility in rural Ethiopia. Credit: UNICEF

Schoolgirls using a handwashing facility in rural Ethiopia. Credit: UNICEF

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) will participate in this year’s Africa Water Week (AWW) conference by leading a technical session on decentralised delivery models to improve hygiene behaviours and access to sanitation. Executive director, Chris Williams will also speak at the conference’s opening sessions.

A year after the Sustainable Development Goals were formulated, AWW will this year explore the theme of “Achieving the SDGs on Water Security and Sanitation,” to emphasize the importance of laying the building blocks for Africa to achieve Goal 6 of ensuring access to water and sanitation for all.

The technical session convened by WSSCC entitled “Decentralised Delivery Models to Improve Access to Sanitation and Improve Hygiene Behaviours: Experiences from GSF-supported country programmes” which will be taking place on Tuesday 19th of July, will be co-convened by the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF)’s partners in selected countries and provide an overview on decentralised delivery models through the lenses of four different country programmes supported by the GSF.

The session will include short presentations followed by a Q&A, opening and closing remarks will be given by GSF Programme Director David Shimkus.

“Decentralisation has been a trend in developing countries for decades. Its motives and proponents have shifted over time but it is commonly believed that decentralization will entail a wide array of positive effects to improve wealth distribution and equality, solidify democratisation and local participation, curb corruption and promote pro-poor development policies and service delivery as well as diversify local economies,” said Shimkus.

WSSCC will also be involved in co-convening a session on strengthening national capacities for WASH sector learning and will participate and co-convene in the side event on Human Rights to Water and Sanitation where WSSCC’s National Coordinator in Tanzania Wilhelmina Malima will be presenting a case study on using equity assessments in influencing joint sector reviews.

Supporting Civil Society Organisations

The Council will be supporting the participation and attendance of National Coordinators and representatives from the GSF programmes and from national CSO networks, like the Madagascar Diorano WASH Coalition, the Kenya WASH Alliance, the Partneriat pour le Development Municipal (PDM) from Benin, Concern Universal from Nigeria, UWASNET from Uganda, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health and many more participants.

As a preparation to the conference, a preparatory Civil Society Organisation (CSO) forum was organized on the 16th of July together with WSSCC and End Water Poverty, Wateraid, SWA – Civil Society, ANEW and their partners TAWASNET and IRC.

The forum aims to inform, bring civil society around common messages and develop strategies notably for the main CSO networks for reinforcing their voice and capacities.

The two sub-themes of AWW which will particularly be addressed in the CSO forum are achieving universal and equitable access to water and sanitation for all and improving policy, financing and monitoring.

Organized by the African Minister’s Council on Water (AMCOW) and hosted by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, represented by the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI) the 6th Africa Water Week conference will take place from July 18 to 22, 2016 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

Held biennially, the conference meets to discuss and collectively seek solutions to Africa’s water resources and sanitation challenges.

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