Efforts in Africa in the sanitation sector thoselast 30 years have not had a significant impact on the population's access rate to sanitation in urban areas, which remains at around 40% only. Many strategies are deployed in recent years by various international institutions to give another turn to the sector through the introduction of innovations in technology, sector structuring, financing and management mechanisms with the involvement of the private sector and public-private partnership.
The African Water Facility (AWF) in collaboration with the AfDB office in Senegal (SNFO) organized a regional workshop in Dakar for three days from October 4 to 6 to highlight the importance of issues relating to urban sanitation in Africa.
Under the auspices of the Minister of Water and Sanitation of Senegal, about fifty participants from the AWF, AfDB, active private and public structures in innovative projects and programs, building owners of urban sanitation (ONAS Senegal, ONEA Burkina Faso, Kenya KIWASCO, KCCA Uganda, ONAD of Côte d'Ivoire, etc.), technical and financial partners, and research and educational structures gathered around innovative approaches to urban sanitation and management of inner city sewage sludge in Africa. Specifically, the objective of this workshop was to exchange on innovative projects in the sanitation sector, supported by the AWF and other partners.
This workshop should provide lessons on critical success factors (financing, technology, organization of the sector, etc.) of the projects currently underway or completed, elements for establishing strategies for action on a larger scale and finally establishment of a network of practitioners, developers and professionals to promote innovation in urban sanitation in Africa.