Central Africa

The AfricaSan4 regional meeting for Central Africa was held in Dakar, Senegal from 9-10 September 2013 at the Hotel des Almadies. The meeting brought together about 30 government and civil society representatives from Central Republic of Africa, DRC, Chad and Cameroon, civil society representatives. The two days meeting organized by AMCOW, UNICEF, WSSCC, ANEW, WSA, SWA and WaterAid aimed at:
  • -      Preparing AfricaSan4 to be held in September 2014 in Senegal.
  • -      Reviewing progress on AfricaSan and eThekiwini commitments
  • -      Encouraging peer to peer learning and knowledge sharing
 During the first day, participants displayed key Sanitation and Hygiene areas in their respective countries, progress made in each of them and the challenges met. They also answered to their peers’ questions on how best they could achieve the same progress in their own countries.
Participants also discussed the progress on eThekiwini commitments made by their respective countries in relation to their delivery and answered to the following three questions:
  • -   What are you monitoring that could be used to measure the commitment to “use effective and sustainable approaches such as household and community led initiatives, marketing for behavior change targeted at the poor, women, children, youth and the unserved?
  • -   In general, how can we bring together global and country level processes to improve consistency of information?
  • -    What else could you use the eThekiwini monitoring process for in your country?
There was also a discussion on 'multiple commitments and how the High Level Meeting and eThekiwini processes can be aligned' and an 'introduction to post-2015 WASH targets'.
During the second day, interesting WASH tools were presented to the participants:
  • -    WASH BAT: is a tool to analyse bottleneck that aims at increasing the WASH sector resources and achieving more sustainable and equitable outcomes in an efficient way.
  •   WASHwatch.org: is an online platform for monitoring government commitments and financing in a collaborative way.
Other discussions were on Sanitation and Hygiene commitments status in respectivecountries.

Before leaving the meeting, participants prioritised issues in their countries and decided on key actions to take. They all left the meeting after promising to implement the actions identified as soon as they go back home and after being energized by a powerful message of the Executive Secretariat of AMCOW, Bai-Mass Tall.

What future for Sanitation Committees in Chad?

This was the title of the forum which was organized by the Office for the Coordination of Sanitation Structures (BCSA) a few months ago in Ndjamena. It brought together more than fifty participants thanks to financing from the European Union through CARE International in Chad. The work of this forum focused on the institutional and legal framework of sanitation committees as well as activities and the identification of partnership and funding opportunities.

A contract for the provision of services signed between the Town hall of Ndjamena and Hysacam (a private Cameroonian company for hygiene and sanitation) made local sanitation committees to practically fall in technical joblessness and they even risk disappearing. Discussions and sharing during this forum enabled to reach the following recommendations:

  • To reform the Office for the Coordination of Sanitation Structures
  • To review fundamental texts of sanitation facilities
  • To transform the BCSA in an NGO
  • To involve sanitation structures in all sanitation activities
  • To pursue and reinforce partnership relationships between sanitation structures, subcontracting organizations and Town hall.

Advocacy techniques in Cameroon and DRC

The workshop of Yaoundé in Cameroon brought together 16 CSO representatives among them 4 women and was assured by Alphonse Issi and Diane NANGOP. Initiated by ANEW in the framework of its capacity building program of its members, this training happened at the appropriate time as with the involvement of national CSOs in the National Governance Program (PNG 2006-2010), the Cameroonian government had implicitly invited CSOs to a reflection on the implementation of public policies. However, capacities of these CSOs to exercise their advocacy functions, their representation of interaction interests with the state in the propositions and implementation of public policies, remain limited.

Furthermore CSOs are facing big challenges such as the achievement of the MDG targets. At the end of the workshop, participants specified that they will put in good use advocacy techniques and tools and that they will be creative for a better environment for better relaying affected populations needs to decision-makers.

This training also provided an opportunity for a meaningful development at the communities’ level and a good legibility and contribution for good water governance, without forgetting sanitation issues. For that reason CSOs present at the aforesaid workshop proposed to adapt knowledge received in order to implement it within the local communities considered like target and vulnerable groups.

The second workshop took place in Kinshasa in DRC and brought together about twenty participants, Mireille Ngoma Antel, Evariste Mapianda and Juvénal Birikomo were trainers. During this training the idea of setting up a dialogue framework for CSOs of the DRC in the water and sanitation area was born. A temporary office composed of CEDER, ADIR, Logos 1er, Avocats verts, Giprocoef, Envidev and CEPECO was put in place to elaborate regulations that will be proposed later to a constituent General Assembly.

Central Africa Republic ANEW members in proximity actions

ANEW member organizations in the Central Africa Republic implement several actions within the populations. Patrice Ignadomavo, Chairman of "Friends of Nature", underlines that wintry period was harsh for the populations of the Capital city Bangui and that he and his colleagues carried out several actions namely:

  • To inform and educate populations on how to maintain latrines
  • To clean up Yapelé residential area in Bangui during heavy rains that damaged more than 1000 houses making more than 10,000 people without shelter.
  • To clean up a 5km long channel with the help of economic operators who provided shovels and other work tools to NGOs and populations.
  • To put in working conditions wells so that inhabitants have clean water for consumption.

The national CSOs dialogue

Preparations for the national dialogue between CSOs, private partners and decision-makers are in progress. The first meeting for dialogue solely between CSOs was held in February in Ndjamena. Stakeholders put in place a Network for the Associations in the Water and Sanitation sector in Chad (REAT).  Daouda ElHadj Adam and Amina Ramadanes are  Chairperson and the Vice -Chairperson respectively. A Network for journalists in the water and sanitation sector in Chad (RJTEA) also was created with Nabi Deko as the Coordinator. These two bodies consulted to examine possibilities for coordinating their points of view during the national dialogue.

For more information please contact the regional coordinator

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