Rural Sanitation in Africa: Challenges, Good Practices and Ways Forward
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In order to achieve universal safely managed sanitation across Africa by 2030 the scale and pace will need to increase drastically. With this in mind, in the run up to AfricaSan 5, the CLTS Knowledge Hub based at the Institute of Development Studies co-convened two regional rural sanitation workshops. Both events brought together those engaged in rural WASH programmes from different countries across the continent alongside experts working at regional and global levels. The first held in Arusha, Tanzania, April 2018, brought together stakeholders from eight countries across East and Southern Africa. The second held in Saly, Senegal, June 2018, was co-convened with WaterAid, WSSCC and UNICEF with support from AGETIP and had representatives from 14 countries across West and Central Africa. The aim of both events was to rejuvenate inter-organisational, inter-country regional sharing and learning and build consensus on ways forward in the run up to AfricaSan and beyond. This edition of Frontiers of CLTS draws on the discussions held across both these events. It begins by highlighting the challenges faced by programme implementers (both government and non-government staff) at different levels in relation to the Ngor Commitments and the achievement of universal access to safely managed sanitation. A range of initiatives are then presented that show promise in addressing these challenges – it is designed to be read like a catalogue of ideas which can inspire and be adapted to different country contexts. The issue ends with recommended priority actions.