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July 20, 2013

Ivory Coast: Plans for Holding the 2013 High-Level Forum on Water and Sanitation for All Underway

WaterSan Perspective Reporter
July 20, 2013

Up to 800 participants are expected in Abidjan from 21 to 23 November 2013 for the 2013 High-Level Forum on Water and Sanitation for All

“To promote vibrant and effective South-South cooperation to accelerate access to hygiene, sanitation, and drinking water for all in Africa,” is the theme of the Forum.

Originally set up by the Pan-African Intergovernmental Agency for Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA) (, this year’s forum is being organised in association with the Government of Ivory Coast.

Water and Sanitation for Africa Logo

Water and Sanitation for Africa Logo

This is the third forum; the first two were held in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso and Dakar in Senegal. Its objective is to provide a platform for various decision-makers and stakeholders involved in this sector in Africa to exchange information and exert their influence, thus encouraging decisions and concrete action in support of WASH in Africa.

The 2013 Forum has three main objectives: (i) to find the best way to take advantage of South-South partnerships for the development of business opportunities in terms of financial cooperation for the implementation of priority projects beyond the reach of national budgets in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector (WASH); (ii) to develop strategic alliances and partnerships to strengthen the technical and institutional capacities of southern countries in the WASH sector; (iii) to stimulate the sharing of experiences and know-how between southern countries in the WASH sector.

The third High-Level Forum on Water and Sanitation for All in Africa is of interest to all stakeholders and senior officials in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene sector in Africa. They include African heads of state, ministers responsible for water and sanitation issues in Africa, African finance ministers, as well as technical and financial partners from the North and South, mainly consisting of export-import banks, researchers, investors, NGOs, and integration and development organisations.

The institution, which has 32 member countries, has been working in Africa for 25 years to develop solutions to address the problems of water and sanitation on the continent. Its mission is based on the establishment of integrated systems combining the optimization of technical and scientific approaches with innovative funding mechanisms.

2013 is International Year of Water Cooperation

2013 is International Year of Water Cooperation

March 22, 2013

Governments Can Make Water and Sanitation for All Africans a Reality by 2030 says WaterAid

WaterSan Perspective
March 22, 2013

WaterAid –an international charity that transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation is calling on international leaders to support an ambitious target of providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene for all Africans by 2030.

The agency’s call comes today March, 22 on the 20th anniversary of World Water Day as over 50,000 people take part in more than 30 mass walking events across Africa to call on their governments to keep their promises on access to clean water and safe sanitation.

WaterAid logo

WaterAid logo

They are joining more than 350,000 people worldwide who are participating in World Walks for Water and Sanitation between Saturday 16 and Saturday 23 March.

Writing in a new report published by WaterAid today, President Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia said:
“Addressing the global water and sanitation crisis is not about charity, but opportunity. According to the World Health Organisation, every $1 invested in water and sanitation produces an average of $4 in increased productivity. It enables sustainable and equitable economic growth. In short, it will not be possible to make progress in eradicating poverty, reducing inequality and securing sustainable economic development in the future without improving access.”

WaterAid’s report ‘Everyone Everywhere’ launched today by President Johnson Sirleaf at a UN event on water in the Hague, in the Netherlands, sets out a vision for making safe water and sanitation available to all and reviews the progress that has been made to date in tackling water and sanitation poverty.

The report finds that, lack of progress in improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene is acting as a brake on progress in economic and human development particularly in child health, nutrition and education.

Pupils collecting water in Uganda. In every society, water , health and education are closely inter-related

Pupils collecting water in Uganda. In every society, water , health and education are closely inter-related

WaterAid cites World Health Organisation figures that show the economic gains that Africa could make through everyone on the continent having access to water and sanitation.

Africa could gain $33 billion every year from everyone having access to water and sanitation. Of this $4.5 billion would come from reduced healthcare costs; $7.2 billion could be gained from reduced mortality; $2 billion from less time taken off from work; and a staggering $19.5 billion in general time saved.

The benefits for Africa in lives saved from everyone having access to water and sanitation on the continent are also significant. It is estimated by the Institute of Health Metrics that around 550,000 people die of diarrhoea diseases every year in Sub-Saharan Africa(3), 88% of whom, according to the World Health Organisation, can be attributed to a lack of water, sanitation and hygiene(4) that equates to 480,000 deaths due to a lack of these services on the continent.

Nelson Gomonda, WaterAid Pan-Africa Programme Manager said: “Nothing could better demonstrate that our continent has truly begun to realise its potential and is coming true on its promise of progress and development, than achieving the fundamental goal of every African having safe drinking water.”

“330 million Africans today live without access to clean water, so the road to travel is long, but we can for the first time see the end in sight. With more than 1,000 African children under the age of five dying every day from diseases brought about from a lack of water and sanitation, Africans will not accept failure. We have to reach this target.”

“More than 50,000 Africans are taking part in walks to show that that these services are a priority that we want and need. Africans understand how a lack of water and sanitation affects their health, economic productivity, their children’s education, women’s rights – across every spectrum of development, water and sanitation plays its part. This is why progress on these basic services will have such important consequences for our continent and people.”

wwfwas logo 2013

wwfwas logo 2013

Currently in Sub-Sahara Africa, 334 million people (39% of the population) lack access to clean drinking water, while under 600 million (70%) lack access to sanitation(5).

To tackle this problem now, WaterAid is calling on international leaders to: Recognise the need for the framework that replaces the Millennium Development Goals in 2015 to reflect the contribution of water, sanitation and hygiene to other areas of poverty reduction, including health, education, gender equality, economic growth and sustainability; for the UN to set a new global target to achieve universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030; Identify ways of accelerating future rates of progress on sanitation if the goal of universal access is to be met by 2030.

2013 is International Year of Water Cooperation

2013 is International Year of Water Cooperation

October 16, 2012

New Global World Toilet Day campaign is launched – Do you Give A Shit?

Water, Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
WaterSan Perspective
October 16, 2012

Do you Give A Shit? This is the tagline of the new global World Toilet Day campaign put together by the Water, Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the World Toilet Organization (WTO). It’s slightly controversial. Very straight talking and means serious business.

Observed annually on 19 November, World Toilet Day is one of international of action that aims to break the taboo around the toilets – a topic no one likes to talk about – and draw attention to the existing global sanitation challenge.

The campaign’s e-notification

World Toilet Day was created to raise global awareness of the daily for proper dignified sanitation that a staggering 2.5 billion people continue to face.

Originally promoted by the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector (WASH) sector who understood far earlier the benefits of proper sanitation, good hygiene and clean drinking water has on the health and wellbeing, educational attainment, wealth not to mention just basic human dignity. Increasingly it is gaining recognition by the international development community as a key issue, but there is still a long way to go.

World Toilet Day Logo

Designed as an online campaign, World Toilet Day wants to cast its net far and wide to get the attention of not just those working on these issues already, but also decision makers and the public. Through its recently launched website (hyperlink website) it gives those interested in advocating for safer toilets– the perfect opportunity to do so. Through the website you can:
• Share the key campaign messages
• Advocate for better sanitation by hosting an event and register your activities on the interactive World Toilet Day map
• Promote World Toilet Day by using the logo, posters, banners, stickers and brochure
• Tell the world why You Give A Shit!
• Help the word on Facebook and Twitter.
• If you Give A Shit, then World Toilet Day invites you to join in, take action and spread the word.

You can get more information at:

August 12, 2012

Toilets, Water and Soap Vital For Tackling Child Malnutrition

Water Supply and Sanitation and Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
End Water Poverty (EWP)
WASH Advocates
August 12, 2012

A group of concerned international development organizations has written to UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Vice President Michel Temer of Brazil, calling on them to acknowledge and address the crucial and devastating impact that a lack of clean water, safe sanitation and hygiene has on the battle to overcome child malnutrition.

The letter, co-signed by the Water Supply and Sanitation and Collaborative Council (WSSCC), End Water Poverty (EWP), and WASH Advocates, calls on the international leaders to: Please keep in mind the simple fact that children who suffer from diarrhoea or are infected with worms are not getting the goodness they need from the food they eat.

A pit latrine in Bushenyi district, Uganda

The World Health Organization estimates that repeated bouts of diarrhoea and nematode infections cause up to 50% of childhood under-nutrition. Making sure that children have access to a clean toilet, that they have clean water to drink, and that they wash their hands with soap can make a massive difference to the almost one in three of the world’s poorest children currently unable to reach their full potential due to malnutrition.

The letter also warmly welcomes the summit and the leadership shown by Cameron and Temer in using the global attention on the handover of the Olympics from London to Rio as an opportunity to tackle this crisis.

With thousands of children dying every day because of a lack of clean water, safe toilets and hygiene, and many more who are stunted permanently because of chronic malnutrition, providing these lifesaving services to the hundreds of millions of children who currently lack them could be the lasting international legacy of the London Olympics.

“It is really quite simple: we can’t afford to waste the food we’ve got,” said Amanda Marlin, Acting Executive Director at WSSCC. “In the USA and England, we’re now aware that 30% of the food bought in our supermarkets is thrown away. In the developing world, it is an even greater tragedy when much of the food that is eaten by children loses nutritional value through diarrhoea and other diseases that can be prevented.”

“Why put more calories into hungry young bodies if those calories are squandered by preventable waterborne diarrheal disease?” asked John Oldfield, CEO at WASH Advocates. “It is estimated that on any given day, patients with diseases related to water and sanitation fill half of the hospital beds in the developing world. This is solvable.”

Improvements to sanitation also offer great value for money,” said Sarah Blakemore, International Coordinator for End Water Poverty. “A pound invested in better toilets can yield a return of around £5.50 in terms of improved productivity and reduced health care costs.”

A water channel near a pit latrine. It is vital to locate latrines away from water channels and sources.

The letter also noted that there is already increased political attention being paid to environmental causes of poor health. At the Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting in Washington in April 2012, the UK’s Andrew Mitchell pledged a doubling to 60 million of the number of people the UK would reach with water, sanitation and hygiene by 2015.

The meeting, which was hosted by UNICEF and the World Bank, drew Ministerial delegations from almost 40 developing countries and major donors.

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