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Expanding Solar Power in the East Africa WASH Sector

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Participants included representatives from water and sanitation utilities, government, finance institutions, private sector solar providers and development partners.
Photo credit: TetraTech/USAID

Solar technology can transform the water sector in East Africa by increasing access to and availability of water. Solar can also reduce dependency on fossil fuels and boost the sector’s resilience to climate change. This is especially relevant now when the region faces unprecedented drought and the resulting food and water insecurity. To increase the use of solar power in East Africa’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector, USAID hosted a two-day symposium to promote collaboration and learning amongst key stakeholders in the sector between 1-2 November.

The Kenya WASH Solar Symposium, which was co-hosted with the National Treasury; Ministry of Water, Sanitation, and Irrigation; Strathmore University; and GIZ in Nairobi, brought together over 200 participants representing government, water utilities, academia, the private sector, and development partners from Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda, the United States of America, and Zambia, to learn about and discuss a wide range of topics including technical, regulatory, and financial aspects of the use of solar for water supply and sanitation services.

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