Transforming Sanitation in Africa
Accelerating progress towards the Ngor Commitments to achieve the SDGs.
TWO POWERFUL EVENTS
In February, 2019, two organizations joined forces in Cape Town, South Africa to deliver a unique synergistic program that leveraged the political might of the AfricaSan 5 Conference along with the practical and technical output of the FSM Conference. This gave attendees access to a iderw array of practitioners working to implement new technology in the field as well as to ministers working to frame the policies that will facilitate development in this sector.
AfricaSan 5 looked to further maximize value for its participants from the first four AfricaSan Conferences by increasing opportunities for collaboration and partnership between ministers and high-level political decision makers, sector specialists, media and international organizations by facilitating Africa-centric hygiene and sanitation conversations.
Building on the success of the first four International FSM Conferences, in 2019 the FSM conference aimed to bring together professionals working in the sector, including utilities, service providers, cities, governments, academics, scientists, consultants, donors and industries, to support the global initiative of disseminating sustainable solutions for Faecal Sludge Management.
COMING TOGETHER TO EXPLORE SOLUTIONS
Sanitation, hygiene and the SDGs: Leave no one behind
Policies, institutions and regulation
Monitoring and using evidence to improve hygiene & sanitation
Building capacity and financing sanitation in Africa
1. Focus on the poorest, most marginalised and unserved aimed at progressively eliminating inequalities in access and use and implement national and local strategies with an emphasis on equity and sustainability.
2. Mobilise support and resources at the highest political level for sanitation and hygiene to disproportionately prioritise sanitation and hygiene in national development plans.
3. Establish and track hygiene and sanitation budget lines that consistently increase annually to reach a minimum of 0.5% GDP by 2020.
4. Ensure strong leadership and coordination at all levels to build and sustain governance for sanitation and hygiene across sectors especially water, health, nutrition, education, gender and the environment.
5. Develop and fund strategies to bridge the sanitation and hygiene human resource capacity gap at all levels.
6. Ensure inclusive, safely-managed sanitation services and functional hand-washing facilities in public institutions and spaces.
7. Progressively eliminate untreated waste, encouraging its productive use.
8. Enable and engage the private sector in developing innovative sanitation and hygiene products and services especially for the marginalised and unserved.
9. Establish government-led monitoring, reporting, evaluation, learning and review systems.
10. Enable continued active engagement with AMCOW's AfricaSan process.