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WSP at World Water Week: Water and Sanitation Coverage in Sub Saharan Africa has Improved but Is Uneven

This year’s World Water Week, held Sept. 5-11 in Stockholm, brought together researchers, students, policy makers, and other national and international stakeholders to present and share new findings on water related fields. WSP based its knowledge contribution on sanitation and the progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. Below are some of the main messages along with key presentations from WSP’s knowledge sessions at World Water Week.

Water utilities in developing countries are becoming more self reliant and sustainable during the last 10 years.
The International Benchmarking Network for  Water and Sanitation Utilities (IBNET) Blue Book is the first published benchmarking of data from 3,000 utilities in more than 100 countries that helps water utilities and governments improve services for all, including the poor. The conference edition of this report was released in Stockholm; the full report will be released later this year. Please visit http://ib-net.org/ for more information.

Strong partnerships; Community Led Programs; Behavior Change Communications; and Sanitation Marketing (among others) are key success factors for Scaling-Up Rural Sanitation.
Related presentations:
Scaling Up Rural Sanitation: Overview
Eddy Perez, Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist, WSP
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Indonesia: Integrating Community-Led Total Sanitation with Social Marketing of Sanitation
Almud Weitz, WSP Regional Team Leader, East Asia
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Tanzania and Ethiopia: Scaling Up Rural Sanitation
Belete Mululeh, Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist, Ethiopia
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Coverage across Sub Saharan Africa has improved in the last 12 years but is uneven and needs to be accelerated by addressing disparities head on.
Related presentation:
Pathways to Progress: Addressing Disparity in Water and Sanitation Services across Africa
Honorable Ms. Buyelwa Patience Sonjica, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, SA; Dominick de Waal, Senior Finance Specialist, Water and Sanitation Program; Asa Torkelsson, Senior Gender Specialist, World Bank, Kenya; Theresa Wasike, Gender Desk Officer, Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Kenya; Bai Mass Taal, AMCOW Executive Secretary
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Although it has been under-utilized so far, Output Based Aid for Sanitation appears to have potential.  OBA could improve the targeting and efficiency of subsidy delivery; as well as act as a lever for broader sanitation sector reforms.
Related presentation:
Using Output-Based Aid for Sustainable Sanitation
Almud Weitz, Senior Regional Team Leader, WSP East Asia & the Pacific, Indonesia; Sophie Tremolet, WSP/GPOBA Consultant, United Kingdom; Esther Loening, Infrastructure Specialist, GPOBA; Alix Zwane, Program Officer, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, Global Development Program at The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, United States; Manuel Schiffler, Senior Economist, KfW, Germany
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Lack of sanitation investments generates important economical losses in sectors that are not apparently linked. For example, in India, tourism related losses amount to USD 266 Million per year.
Related presentation:
Economics of Sanitation Initiative for Sanitation Decision Making
Almud Weitz, WSP East Asia & Pacific Region; Juan Costain, Regional Team Leader, WSP South Asia Region; Guy Hutton, Senior Economist, WSP East Asia & Pacific Region
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