Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

Towards universal access to drinking water in fragile contexts: DRC

Sunday 27 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: NL 461

As fragility is, i.a., one of the central challenges of development in general, it also has an adverse effect on water service delivery. How do you achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water in a country without a viable justice system, lack of security and weak institutional capacities? The event focuses on good governance in the water sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as a context specific methodology  with smaller impact chains and as a vehicle to advance the country's long-term development, thereby promoting access to drinking water without distinction between urban and rural settings, men and women, children and the elderly. The approach includes strengthening the legal and political frameworks and thus create a conducive environment for businesses and competition while at the same time strengthen the rights of all users and means to claim the same. It provides a way to overcome the lack of service delivery in the water sector in the short-term and develop the state's capacity to provide and regulate water service in the long-term.

Programme

14:00 Welcome and Introduction
Moderator: Ulrike Pokorski, GIZ

14:05 Status Quo
Panel: Melanie Futa, DRC, and Antoine Lumonadio, DRC

14:20 Current Efforts: Panel with questions/inputs from the audience (interactive)

14:50 Way Forward: Panel with questions/inputs from the audience (interactive)

15:15 Recommendations by the Panel

15:25 Closing Remarks
Moderator: Ulrike Pokorski, GIZ

15:30 Close of session