AfricaSan 3: civil society demands African governments “walk the talk on sanitation”

Civil society organisations (CSOs) are calling on African leaders and international governments to take urgent action on the continent’s critical sanitation situation. The call was issued on the eve of AfricaSan 3, the only Africa-wide conference on sanitation, which is taking place from 19-21 July 2011 in Kigali, Rwanda.

“Despite our collective efforts, since the last AfricaSan 2.1 million children under-five have died of diarrhea caused by poor sanitation, water and hygiene in Africa,” said civil society leader Doreen Wandera Kabasindi from Uganda.

“We are striving to bring an end to these preventable deaths and this huge suffering so we call on our governments to take urgent action.”

In consultation with over 230 African CSOs, INGO WaterAid, Freshwater Action Network (FAN), the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the End Water Poverty campaign, they are demanding that their governments and development partners to:

  • Develop clear financial plans to ensure that 0.5% of GDP is spent on sanitation, as per the eThekwini Declaration, and that these funds are targeted to those most in need
  • Work together to support the global Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership to ensure high-level coordination of funds, targets and practises.
  • Work transparently so their progress can be monitored and assessed, especially in relation to the implementation of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation

Read the full statement

Official conference web site:

You can follow live conference updates on Twitter at @Africasan3 (official) and @WaterAid/sanitation and with the hashtags #AfricaSan and #AfricaSan3

Who’s doing what at AfricaSan 3? The following organisations have dedicated web pages on their involvement in conference:

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