African Ministers' Council On Water

AFRICA Focus- Effects of universal access to safely managed sanitation

Wednesday 29 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: NL Auditorium

Africa has over the years suffered untold hardships due to lack of safe sanitation. This lead to very important economic losses in terms of human lives, loss of household income on medical care, lost opportunities due to ill-health and many other inconveniences. Lack of safely managed sanitation has significant negative impact on human health and wellbeing, wealth creation and environmental integrity.

With most of the countries having not up to 10% connection to sewered sanitation, the majority of the population relies on on-site non-sewered sanitation. A deliberate focus on Non-Sewered Sanitation (NSS) and the partnership with the private sector will create many job opportunities along the sanitation service delivery value chain (especially Fecal Sludge Management) and consequently providing jobs, increase the family income and impact positively on the economic growth, the health and wellbeing especially among women and youth. The increased socio-economic situation is expected to lead to more stability and dignity and less or no desperation, hence reduced illegal immigration and youth enrolment to criminal actions.

Putting the enabling policies and institutional frameworks with the right financial investments will activate the sector and unlock job opportunities in sanitation sector.

Programme

Event description:

Africa has over the years suffered untold hardships due to lack of safe sanitation. This lead to very important economic losses in terms of human lives, loss of household income on medical care, lost opportunities due to ill-health and many other inconveniences. Lack of safely managed sanitation has significant negative impact on human health and wellbeing, wealth creation and environmental integrity.

With most of the countries having not up to 10% connection to sewered sanitation, the majority of the population relies on on-site non-sewered sanitation. A deliberate focus on Non-Sewered Sanitation (NSS) and the partnership with the private sector will create many job opportunities along the sanitation service delivery value chain (especially Fecal Sludge Management) and consequently providing jobs, increase the family income and impact positively on the economic growth, the health and wellbeing especially among women and youth. The increased socio-economic situation is expected to lead to more stability and dignity

and less or no desperation, hence reduced illegal immigration and youth enrolment to criminal actions. Putting the enabling policies and institutional frameworks with the right financial investments will activate the sector and unlock job opportunities in sanitation sector.

Event objectives and expected outcomes:

• show the cost effectiveness of using non-sewer sanitation compared to sewage systems

• show how this approach will impact positively on the economy by boosting and opening up opportunities for job and wealth creation

• show the required enabling factors that will facilitate the needed change

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CHAIRPERSON: HE Pamela Tshwete, Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, South Africa.

MODERATOR: Ms Nompumelelo Ntshalintshali, Vice-TAC Chair Southern Africa, Ministry of Water, Kingdom of Enswatini

09:00: Opening Remarks by the Chairperson

09:10: How Non-Sewer Sanitation could be the choice for universal sanitation by 2030, Dr Doulaye Kone, Deputy Director, WASH, BMGF.

09:35: Role of PPP in accelerating the achievement of SDG targets on sanitation: Case of Senegal, Mr Lansana Gagny Sakho, Director General ONAS, Senegal

10:00: Discussions

10:20: Closing by the Chairperson