Over time, the AfricaSan has metamorphosed from a conference to a movement with a blend of political support, technical advance and knowledge exchange driving the momentum for improved sanitation in the continent. As part of the AfricaSan drive, the AfricaSan Awards was introduced in 2008.

AfricaSan 1

In 2002, WSP-AF, The South African then Department of Water Affairs and Forestry and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) hosted the first African conference on sanitation and hygiene (AfricaSan) with the overall goal to accelerate sanitation and hygiene work in Africa in fulfilment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Read more... 

AfricaSan 2

Just over 5 years after the first AfricaSan conference, AMCOW, supported by AfDB, DWAF, UNICEF, UNSGAB, the World Bank, WSP and WSSCC, hosted AfricaSan 2 in Durban South Africa in February 2008 – The International Year of Sanitation. Ministers from 32 African countries and over 600 participants (government officers and sanitation experts drawn from many fields and stakeholder groups), including representation from 42 African countries, attended AfricaSan 2 (also known as AfricaSan + 5). AfricaSan 2 provided an important platform in 2008, the International Year of Sanitation, to stimulate action to improve sanitation access in Africa. The conference produced a Ministerial statement, called the eThekwini Commitments. Read more...

AfricaSan 3

The third AfricaSan conference was held in Kigali, Rwanda in July 2011. The government of Rwanda and AMCOW hosted an event that attracted over900 participants from government, multilateral agencies, development banks, civil society organisations, youth groups, gender interest groups, utilities and universities for 67 countries. AfricaSan 3 featured a political dialogue amongst 23 Ministers responsible for sanitation. Read more...

You can read more on the AfricaSan movement in Sanitation and Hygiene in Africa: Where Do We Stand. Click to download