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Registration open for AfricaSan 4

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AfricaSan 4 is being held on October 8-10 2014 in Dakar, Senegal. The website is now up and running and registration is open: www.africasan.com

AfricaSan 4 continues the AfricaSan tradition, building on approaches that have worked. It is essentially a political meeting seeking to raise the priority of sanitation amongst the new generation of san leaders. The timing is AfricaSan 4 is fortuitous both as the last AfricaSan meeting to assess progress against the MDGs; as well as being well-positioned to build momentum on sanitation and hygiene for the SDGs.

The theme of AfricaSan 4 “Making Sanitation for All a Reality in Africa” responds to the visionary ideals of a new generation of Africa’s sanitation ministers. It sets the bar high so that the highly successful eThekwini commitment process can consider a new set of targets and indicators to help accelerate progress towards universal coverage.

The AfricaSan 4 theme not only concerns itself with sanitation access. It seeks to address the full sanitation value chain (containment, emptying, transport, treatment, disposal and reuse). Moreover it also focuses on a full sanitation ladder of access, including making Africa open-defecation free. By sanitation is also implied hygiene: AfricaSan 4 will host a specific discussion on how to accelerate good hygiene behaviour change.

AfricaSan 4 has also had a strong regional and country process leading up to the Dakar meeting. Led by the chair of AMCOW’s AfricaSan Task Force Subcommittee, WSP, countries have engaged in three substantial sub-regional meetings in which countries have been involved in a peer-to-peer exchange on progress and sector bottlenecks in country action plans. Progress on country action plans and against the eThekwini commitments have been mapped and the results will be presented at AfricaSan 4. A feature of this preparatory process was the conscious effort to align the different sanitation sector monitoring processes in Africa.

Get in engaged with this important opportunity for sanitation in Africa, share this post with your colleagues who may be interested and come to Dakar!

Piers CrossBest wishes,

Piers Cross
AMCOW Lead Advisor on AfricaSan

Recommendations on the Strategy and Road Map for the Implementation of the eThikweni Declaration

The Executive Committee of the African Ministers’ Council Water (AMCOW) met from 24-28 November 2008 at the UN Office in Nairobi, Kenya, under the theme “Carrying forward the Sharm El Sheikh Declaration and Commitments on Water and Sanitation (adopted by the African Union Summit, Egypt, June 2008).”

The meetings included that of the AfricaSan Taskforce on the eThekwini Declaration on 26 November 2008.

The AfricaSan Taskforce came up with the following recommendations:

  • To develop a work program for the implementation of the AfricaSan follow-up activities (Awards, communication and knowledge, M&E, monitoring commitments implementation, country action plans, International Task Force meeting, and preparation of the AfricaSan 03) and a funding proposal for the activities implementation, including a staffing plan by the end of February 2009
  • To hold an AfricaSan Awards Ceremony in 2009 back-to back with an event (AMCOW meeting, 2nd African Water Week), etc.)
  • To assist countries develop national AfricaSan action plan and conduct a peer review mechanism to enhance cross learning and improve sanitation profile
  • To open an AfricaSan window within the AMCOW web site
  • To report to AMCOW every 6 months on the implementation of the eThekwini commitments implementation using the proposed indicators and with the support of the AMCOW TAC members
  • To work with relevant initiatives on M&E (JMP, GF4A, GLAAS, etc) and countries to include sanitation and hygiene in all M&E activities and programs
  • To hold every quarter a VC meeting of the AfricaSan International Task Force and every 6 months a face-to-face meeting
  • To develop a concept note for AfricaSan 03 by the end the first quarter of 2009

Furthermore, there was two general AMCOW recommendations on sanitation:

  • With regard to the eThekwini Declaration, country level implementation of the Declaration should be the subject of systematic follow-up;
  • WSP [Water and Sanitation Program] to work with AMCOW Secretariat to finalize its communication strategy, put together a team to decide on criteria and promote nominations, and to develop mechanisms to “raise the bar” on expectations with regard to sanitation development.

Read the full Summary of recommendations of the meeting

Source: IISD Linkages – Executive Committee and Technical Advisory Committee of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW)

South Africa – On track to flush out bucket system

Durban – South Africa has almost met the Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people who do not have proper sanitation, but there are still challenges to overcome, says Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Lindiwe Hendricks.

“Remarkable achievements have been attained in our bucket eradication programme.

“Although not all the buckets have been removed by the end of last year, we came very close and should see those that do remain removed in the next few weeks.”

Speaking in Durban at the second AfricaSan conference on Sanitation and Hygiene on Monday, where representatives from more than 40 African countries gathered, the minister highlighted that where many challenges in dealing with the sanitation needs of the people of South Africa.

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