Building Africa’s Leadership in Sanitation: USAID, Gates Foundation/UNESCO, AMCOW Innovations

Convenor(s):
United States Agency for International Development; African Ministers' Council On Water; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; United Nations Children’s Fund and USAID WASH-FIN Project

Cities and districts lack the leadership and institutional cohesiveness to meet the sanitation-specific SDG 6.2. Responsibilities for sanitation are typically highly fragmented (sewerage, pit-latrines, pit emptying services, treatment, sanitation in schools and health facilities are often managed by different entities) and managed by personnel without the full array of skills and experience to move to large-scale sanitation solutions.  

Several agencies are collaborating to develop the leadership that sanitation requires in Africa.  AMCOW and USAID’s Water for Africa through Leadership and Institutional Support (WALIS) program are collaborating to establish an African Sanitation Academy (ASA).  AMCOW also hosts AfricaSan, a significant learning and knowledge exchange event. WALIS has commissioned feasibility studies in Eastern, Western and Southern Africa to explore demand, products, organizational options and sustainability to establish ASA.  The BMGF supports high-level training with UNESCO and other institutions and have hosted activities to promote increased collaboration; UNICEF are involved in extensive sanitation capacity building in the large number of countries in which it operates.

The purpose of the USAID/WALIS/BMGF/AMCOW/UNICEF event is to update participants on sanitation leadership activities, encourage greater collaboration and innovation and identify gaps in sanitation capacity building

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Wednesday 14:00-15:30
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