AfricaSan 6

AfricaSan 6
A representative speaks at the Ngor Commitment Country Dialogues in 2019 at the AfricaSan/FSM5 Conference in Cape Town in 2019. Photo credit: Emmanuel Uguru/AMCOW

Full Program

The 6th Africa Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene (AfricaSan6) is convened by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) in conjunction with the African Union Commission. AfricaSan, and the accompanying Africa Water Week, are Africa’s flagship water and sanitation events, representing a political commitment to collectively seek solutions to Africa’s water and sanitation challenges. Development partners from around the world join to discuss the unprecedented circumstances across the continent; COVID-19 has introduced a new dynamic in the challenges faced by the water security, sanitation, and hygiene sectors.

USAID and Partner Sessions

Tuesday, November 23

8:00 a.m. ET - Shaping a comprehensive assessment of sanitation sector capacity

USAID/WASHPaLS 2, Jesse Shapiro and Carolien van der Voorden

This interactive consultation session with sector agencies and AfricaSan participants will be structured around a series of key questions to reflect on data on Ngor Commitment No. 5 and other recent sector capacity assessments; confirm current levels of knowledge and understanding on the human capacity gap and related policy, monitoring, planning and budgeting considerations and notably, to help formulate key research questions for an upcoming sanitation and hygiene sector capacity assessment initiated by USAID, in order to help advance sector understanding on this key constraint and opportunity.

10 a.m. ET - Policy and Practice: Evidence-driven Rural Sanitation Programs for Scale, Equity, and Sustainability in Africa

USAID/WASHPaLS, Jesse Shapiro and Jeff Albert

This session will begin with an overview of rural sanitation globally, with a spotlight on Africa, including an analysis of funding commitments. It will be followed by a presentation of lessons offered by the most recent evidence on performance of rural sanitation programming programs. The session will conclude with a discussion intended to encourage an evidence-driven approach to rural sanitation that recognizes the importance of integrated elements of demand generation, strengthening of value chains, and support of enabling environments, as well as the imperative for mobilizing domestic resources and bringing about long-term political leadership in support of rural sanitation.

10 a.m. ET - How the Partnership Model offers an Alternative Avenue of Financing for Sani-preneurs

Toilet Board Coalition, Abelo Phiri

The host will introduce the Partnership Model, as it is operated at the Toilet Board Coalition, and introduce how sanipreneurs can access and use this ecosystem as an alternative route to finance. Sanipreneurs and MNCs will explain how the Partnership Model helped their business. Session participants will engage in a brainstorming activity to identify additional stakeholders or mechanisms to introduce to the Partnership Model and Ecosystem.

Wednesday, November 24

6:00 a.m. ET - Securing innovative financing for sanitation and hygiene: Some success stories from Africa

USAID/WASH-FIN, Seynabou Dia

This session will include welcome remarks and introductory presentation by Africa Development Bank, followed by a presentation of success stories across Africa, including the USAID WASH-FIN and the DELVIC Sanitation Initiatives from Senegal. A short panel discussion by selected experts will close the session, with a Q&A involving participants.

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