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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

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AfricaSan 3 taking place in Kigali, Rwanda from 19-21 July 2011

Preparations have started for AfricaSan 3, the 3rd African Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene. The Rwandan government is hosting the conference, which is being organised by the AMCOW Sanitation Task Force, in the capital Kigali from 19-21 July 2011.

The conference objectives are to:

  • present and exchange knowledge on strategies to overcome key bottlenecks to implementing large scale sanitation and hygiene programs
  • strengthen the evidence base for scaling up sanitation and hygiene programs in Africa
  • kickstart the 5 year drive to get Africa back on track to meet the sanitation MDG and achieve sustainable universal coverage

The preliminary program includes two types of learning opportunities:

  1. Thematic learning exchange which draws from key experiences and studies to address critical issues – these sessions are designed by the conference organisers.
  2. Seminars hosted by agencies or groups of agencies, showcasing their latest thinking and findings – these sessions are designed by the agency in consultation with the conference organizers.

The Second African Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene – AfricaSan+5 – took place in Durban, South Africa from February 18–21, 2008. It produced the eThekwini Declaration, which included “firm resolutions to place
sanitation and hygiene at the top of the development agenda in Africa”.

For more info about AfricaSan 3 contact the Conference Director Piers Cross, pierscross_2000@yahoo.com