Is Africa on Track to Meet Water Supply and Sanitation Targets?

Is Africa on target towards halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015?

This is one of the key questions the Millennium Development Goals Country Status Overview Reports (MDGCSOs) seek to address.

The MDG Country Status Reports are the result of collaborative inputs by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), the African Development Bank, the European Union Water Initiative, the United Nations Development Programme, the Water and Sanitation Program-Africa, and the World Bank. What is distinctive about these Country Status Overview reports (CSOs) is that the data and summary assessments have been drawn from local data sources, and, as much as possible, the assessments have been subject to broad-based consultations with lead government agencies and country sector stakeholders, including donors institutions.

Recognizing that the African continent requires a mighty effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals on water supply and sanitation, AMCOW has been collaborating with regional partners to consolidate current data so that African sector leaders and support agencies can assess progress and have a comparative basis for sharing country experience and identifying remedial action.

AMCOW intends these country reports to be used in designing better, demand-driven and result-oriented national programs. They should also support coordination of water and sanitation programs and projects, aiming at a more effective use of existing funds and mobilizing additional financial resources - where this is required - based on an analysis of gaps. Further, they should enhance cooperation for proper implementation of programs and projects, based on peer review and strategic assessment.

Ultimately, these MDG CSOs should help African countries to align their national priorities with global targets on water supply and sanitation, in terms of policy reforms, institutional change and resource allocation and to link country efforts to existing supportive regional frameworks.

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