African Ministers' Council On Water / Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / USAID Water for Africa through Leadership and Institutional Support / IHE Delft

Building Africa’s Leadership in Sanitation: USAID, Gates Foundation/IHE-Delft, AMCOW Innovations

Wednesday 30 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: NL 253
Public latrines in South Africa by Galit Seligmann / Alamy Stock Photo

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 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports high-level training with IHE-Delft's Institute for Water Education and other institutions and have hosted activities to promote increased collaboration.

The purpose of the USAID/Gates/IHE-Delft/AMCOW event is to update participants on sanitation leadership activities, encourage greater collaboration and innovation and identify gaps in sanitation capacity building


14:00 Welcome
Canisius Kanangire, AMCOW, Abuja

14:05 Framing the showcase: The need for education and nurturing leadership in sanitation management
Jan Willem Rosenboom, Gates Foundation, Seattle

14:15 A one-year masters programme in sanitation: State-of-the-art content developed and delivered by the world's top experts from both academic and practice
Mariska Ronteltap, IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education, Delft

14:30 A Sanitation Academy for Africa: Developing African sanitation managers and leaders
Richard Rapier, USAID-WALIS

14:45 Group breakout session: Developing the collaborative behaviors to support sanitation education for Africa and developing rounded competent staff for the sector

15:05 Breakout session reporting and discussion
Moderator: Canisius Kanangire, AMCOW, Abuja

15:25 Closing remarks
Canisius Kanangire, AMCOW, Abuja

15:30 Close of session