A 2010 analysis showed that most East African countries have national sanitation policies and plans in place, but that the actual programs often lack coordination. To meet the Millennium Development Goals for sanitation, such programs must combine their efforts to achieve behavior-change outcomes and focus on commonalities, which include an emphasis on learning, demand creation, and capacity building.
These key understandings are among several discussed in a new Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) Learning Note, Partnering on the Road Towards Achieving Total Sanitation in East Africa. The report highlights the objectives and initial outcomes of a learning exchange held in Tanzania, which focused on how governments and agencies can work effectively as partners to achieve sustained sanitation scale up.
In addition to exploring collaboration issues, participants formulated learning questions aimed at guiding the next steps forward in pivotal areas such as equity and inclusion, sanitation marketing, and monitoring and evaluation.
Related WSP Resources:
- Getting Africa to Meet the Sanitation MDG: Lessons from Rwanda
- WSP Approaches to Scaling Up Rural Sanitation in Ethiopia and Tanzania (slide presentation)
- Utilizing Community-Based Registers to Monitor Improved Access to Sanitation and Hygiene in Tanzania
- WSP at AfricaSan 3 (conference presentations)
For a complete catalogue, go to WSP Scaling Up Rural Sanitation: Publications and Tools.