The African Water Association (AfWA) is a professional association of establishments, enterprises and utilities operating in the areas of drinking water, sanitation and environment in Africa. AfWA has more than 100 utilities members from over 40 countries across Africa.
The 20th AfWA Conference and Exhibition is taking place in Kampala, Uganda, February 24–27, 2020, and is the largest water and sanitation sector gathering in Africa. At this event, AfWA is celebrating 40 years of existence and positive impact on the water and sanitation sector in Africa.
To enhance the exchange of ideas and recent developments in the water and sanitation sector, AfWA holds an International Congress and Exhibition every two years. The last Congress (19th AfWA ICE) was held in Bamako, Mali, in February 2018.
The overall theme of AfWA 2020 is “Breaking new grounds to accelerate access to water and sanitation for all in Africa.” As most African countries are now faced with immense water and sanitation challenges, this theme is particularly relevant to the water and sanitation sector. Never before has the need to face the challenge—to share ideas and resources; to look for new breakthroughs and innovations; to cooperate between nations, between generations and between disciplines—been more urgent.
Below is a list of sessions with USAID participation. For a full listing of AfWA sessions see the final program for the conference.
Sunday, February 23
Women’s Forum: This session will bring together more than 200 professional women in water and sanitation drawn from the AfWA members and from other key stakeholders in Africa and beyond. USAID–funded Africap will sponsor five female participants in this forum. The theme is "Women Stewards Breaking New Ground in Water and Sanitation."
Monday, February 24
Innovation Pavilion: The pavilion will feature innovative technologies sourced worldwide and presented to the delegates. Panelist: Maggie McMorrow, USAID West Africa Mission
Symposium: Focus on SDGs and New Breakthroughs. Part 1: Status of SDG 6 in Africa: Are We on Track? Panelist: Jeff Goldberg, USAID Water Office Director
Tuesday February 25
Applied Research and Learning to Unlock Sanitation Markets in Uganda: USAID Uganda Sanitation for Health Deputy Chief of Party Jonathan Annis will present on enhancing sanitation service delivery and social marketing for sanitation.
Addressing the Cause Rather than the Symptoms of Poor Urban Water Services: The Nigeria Case: The session will give participants an insight into how the USAID E-WASH program in Nigeria is overcoming the notion that the cause of poor performance of the Nigerian urban water sector is due to lack of funding or due to poor infrastructure. E-WASH will share this experience and show the roadmap to achieving autonomy through corporatization—a term usually confused with privatization. The session will also show how to work with political leadership to address the challenge of lack of clear roles and responsibilities in urban WASH services. Participants: E-WASH and WASH-FIN, Jeff Goldberg, USAID Water Office, Dennis Mwanza, Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist RTI
AfriCap Implementing Strategy: Challenges and Opportunities: This session will help to identify and recommend the appropriate strategy required for the implementation of African Water Association (AfWA) Capacity Building Program (AfriCap), which is financed by USAID. Participants: AfriCap/AfWA is sponsoring 11 utility participants (of which five are women), Gilles Djagoun, AfriCap program coordinator.
Water and Sanitation Regulation Examples—Rural Water Utilities in Kenya and Uganda: Assuring Universal Access and Reliable Functionality. Presentation by USAID/SWS (Whave and Oxford/FundiFix).
Wednesday, February 26
Enhancing Access to Non-Traditional Financing for WASH in Africa: An Introduction to Non-Traditional WASH Finance: This session will present non-traditional financing instruments and frameworks available to public and private WASH service providers and help participants gain a basic understanding of the fit for various financing solutions based on project circumstances. Presentation by USAID WASH-FIN (Finance), Sam Huston, moderator.
Enhancing Access to Non-Traditional Financing for WASH in Africa: The Role of Customers in WASH Finance: Consumers are critical to the financing of the water sector both as paying customers and investors in WASH products and services and in many parts of Africa, contribute significantly to total WASH investments. This session attempts to answer consumer related issues by examining three examples from Kenya and Uganda. Participants: Esther Njuguna, WASH-FIN Kenya; William Mugerwa, UHSA; Anthony Githingi, Water.org.
Where Does CLTS Work Best: Evidence from Four Countries. Presentation by Kara Stuart, USAID Water Sanitation and Hygiene Partnerships for Learning and Sustainability (Aquaya Institute).
Water and Sanitation Regulation Examples —The Rural Water Utility Solution in Uganda: Presentation by USAID/Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnerships (SWS) Whave.
Panel Discussion: Enhancing Access to Non-Traditional Financing for WASH in Africa: WASH Finance and Governance: What are the obstacles to facilitating and incentivizing private sector investment? How can governments enshrine governance that is foundational to achieving universal WASH access goals from policy, through infrastructure development and operational performance? This session will explore these questions with examples from Kenya, Zambia, and Mozambique. Participants: Festus Ngeno, CEC of Water for Nakuru County; George Ndongwe, USAID WASH-FIN Zambia; Engineer Muchanga AURA, Mozambique; Barbara Kazimbaya Senkwe (WASH-FIN), moderator.
Thursday, February 27
Poster Presentation: The Case for Using Decision Support Tools for Sanitation-Related Policymaking. Presentation by USAID WASHPaLS, Jonathan Annis (Tetra Tech).
Sessions throughout the Congress:
Poster: Enabling Rural WASH Systems: Mapping Rural Water Maintenance Approaches and Identifying Key Support Requirements. SWS.
Stand in the Exposition Hall: Sanitation Service Delivery Project