Transforming Sanitation in Africa
Accelerating Access to Safe Sanitation and Hygiene in Africa at SDG+5 and Covid-19 era.

TWO POWERFUL conferences

The 8th Africa Water Week (AWW8) and the 6th AfricaSan are being jointly organized this year as a virtual conference. Joined together as the Africa Water and Sanitation Week (AWSW), the conference is convened by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) in conjunction with the African Union Commission and organized with other development partners.  


AfricaSan 6 looks to further maximize value for its participants from the first four AfricaSan Conferences by increasing opportunities for collaboration and partnership between ministers and high-level political decision makers, sector specialists, media and international organizations by facilitating Africa-centric hygiene and sanitation conversations.


The theme “Water Security for Health and Human Development” aptly captures the aspirations of the Agenda 2063 “The Africa We Want” where, the continent puts water as critical to a good quality of life, sound health and well-being and critical to the achievement of the Aspiration 1: “A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development”. 


AfricaSAN6 Sub-themes

Sub-theme 1

Inclusive Policy and Strategy for Accelerating Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement in Africa

Sub-theme 3

Fecal Sludge Management, Green Economy and Climate Change

Crosscutting Theme 

Securing innovative financing for water, sanitation and hygiene in financially challenging times
Sub-theme 2
Bridging the human resource gap for sanitation and hygiene in Africa
Sub-theme 4
Improving Hygiene in Africa: Building on the Momentum of COVID Era Hand Hygiene

1. Focus on the poorest, most marginalised and unserved aimed at progressively eliminating inequalities in access and use and implement national and local strategies with an emphasis on equity and sustainability.

2. Mobilise support and resources at the highest political level for sanitation and hygiene to disproportionately prioritise sanitation and hygiene in national development plans.

3. Establish and track hygiene and sanitation budget lines that consistently increase annually to reach a minimum of 0.5% GDP by 2020.

4. Ensure strong leadership and coordination at all levels to build and sustain governance for sanitation and hygiene across sectors especially water, health, nutrition, education, gender and the environment.

5. Develop and fund strategies to bridge the sanitation and hygiene human resource capacity gap at all levels.

6. Ensure inclusive, safely-managed sanitation services and functional hand-washing facilities in public institutions and spaces.

7. Progressively eliminate untreated waste, encouraging its productive use.

8. Enable and engage the private sector in developing innovative sanitation and hygiene products and services especially for the marginalised and unserved.

9. Establish government-led monitoring, reporting, evaluation, learning and review systems.

10. Enable continued active engagement with AMCOW's AfricaSan process.

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