Africa Water and Sanitation Local Authorities Network
  • Almost 20% of Sub-Saharan Africa relies on a water source that is more than 30 minutes away from the household.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for over a third of the world's 884 million people who still do not get their drinking water from improved sources.
  • Africa has 9% of global freshwater resources, but 15% of the global population.
  • 26% of Africa's population (244 million) has a piped water connection on their premises.

The Africa Water and Sanitation Local Authorities (AWASLA) Network

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The Africa Water and Sanitation Local Authorities (AWASLA) Network is an exciting new dynamic, interactive and dedicated pan-African network for African local governments and their associated institutions engaged in all aspects of the urban water cycle (water supply, sanitation, storm and wastewater management). AWASLA provides a unique platform enabling local governments to exchange knowledge and good practice, consider emerging challenges and innovations and explore collaborative action. All towards seeking a paradigm shift for more sustainable, resilient and equitable urban water and sanitation practices in Africa.

AWASLA aims to:

  • Promote knowledge exchange
  • Enhance capacity
  • Empower Advocacy 

AWASLA is open to all local and sub-national governments, and their associations in Africa, committed to achieving more sustainable and effective urban water and sanitation management practices in African cities.

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“Africa is a rapidly urbanising continent. This presents the continent with enormous challenges among which include provision of adequate basic services such as water to the growing populace. However, cities and urban regions within the continent harbour great potential to lead and be innovative in planning for resilient and sustainable water service provision into the future.”- Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General, UCLGA
 
 
 

African cities are growing at 3.9% annually, the highest in the world, and existing water management systems cannot keep up with the growing demand. Demands are expected to quadruple over the next 25 years. Concerted efforts are needed by decision-makers to find innovative solutions in order to address the existing backlog in respect to water and sanitation services whilst extending their infrastructure to serve new developments.

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  • AfriAlliance Action Groups Online Survey - Have your say!
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    The AfriAlliance project (Network of European and African networks on water and climate) will launch this summer a call for nominations for working groups ("Action Groups") on 5 themes: · Integrated management of water resources, · Food security / agriculture, · Development of human resource capacity, · Adaptation / mitigation of climate change, · Data collection To prepare for this call, we have released an online survey to better understand the barriers and opportunities. Online survey closed Sunday, July 3, please participate and have your say!

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    Objet : URGENT: AfriAlliance Questionnaire

     Message bilingue / Bilingual message: Français (en bleu) / English (in black)

     Dear Madam, Dear Sir,

    The AfriAlliance project (Network of European and African networks on water and climate) will launch this summer a call for nominations for working groups ("Action Groups") on 5 themes:

     · Integrated management of water resources,

    · Food security / agriculture,

    · Development of human resource capacity,

    · Adaptation / mitigation of climate change,

    · Data collection for monitoring, analysis and forecasting of water resources and climate.

    To prepare for this call, we would first understand the motivations and barriers that lead people to decide whether to participate in a working group. To this end, we invite you to complete a short questionnaire and disseminate it to your contacts and on your social media accounts (e.g. LinkedIn, Viadeo): goo.gl/p2MLxx

    This questionnaire will be available for only one week, from Monday, June 27 until Sunday, July 3, and fill it takes about 10 minutes.

    Please note that the answers will be used for research purposes only. They will be used anonymously, without identifying the authors.

    Thanks for your attention and have a good day.

    Regards,

    AWASLA Secretariat 

     

     Madame, Monsieur,

     Le projet AfriAlliance (réseau des réseaux européens et africains sur l’eau et le climat) lancera cet été un appel à candidatures pour des groupes de travail (« Action Groups ») sur 5 thématiques :

      · Gestion intégrée des ressources en eau,

     · Sécurité alimentaire / Agriculture,

     · Développement des capacités des ressources humaines,

     · Adaptation aux/atténuation des changements climatiques,

     · Collecte des données de surveillance, prévision et analyse des ressources en eau et du climat.

     Afin de préparer cet appel, nous souhaitons au préalable comprendre les motivations et les obstacles qui amènent des gens à décider de participer ou non à un groupe de travail. A cet effet, nous vous invitons à remplir un bref questionnaire (en anglais) et à le diffuser auprès de vos contacts et sur vos comptes de réseaux professionnels (e.g. LinkedIn, Viadeo) : goo.gl/p2MLxx

     Le questionnaire sera accessible pendant seulement une semaine, du Lundi 27 Juin jusqu’au Dimanche 3 Juillet, et le remplir prend environ 10 minutes.

     Veuillez noter que les réponses seront utilisées à des fins de recherche uniquement. Elles seront utilisées de manière anonyme, sans en identifier les auteurs.

     Je vous remercie de votre attention et dans l’attente de votre réponse, je vous souhaite une bonne journée !

     Bien cordialement,

    AWASLA Secretariat

  • LOCS4Africa 2017: Water & Climate Congress - Save the Date
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    The Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LOCS4Africa) Congress series is Africa’s leading platform on local climate action for cities and other sub-national governments across the Continent. It connects business and industry, investors, scientists, technical experts, development partners, national governments and civil society with Africa’s cities and urban networks. LOCS4Africa offers opportunity for direct engagement and strategic discussions around current local solutions and emerging trends relating to urban resilience and low-carbon development in Africa.

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    SAVE THE DATE: 20-23 March 2017, South Africa

    The Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LOCS4Africa) Congress series is Africa’s leading platform on local climate action for cities and other sub-national governments across the Continent. 

    It connects business and industry, investors, scientists, technical experts, development partners, national governments and civil society with Africa’s cities and urban networks. LOCS4Africa offers opportunity for direct engagement and strategic discussions around current local solutions and emerging trends relating to urban resilience and low-carbon development in Africa. 

    It is a well-established pan-African bi-annual congress, each with a strategic theme critical to urban sustainable development, in line with emerging global trends. The congress places strong emphasis on local leadership and innovative approaches to sustainable development in Africa’s urban context. 
    Focus on Cities: Water & Climate

    LOCS4Africa 2017 will explore critical links between climate change and urban water and sanitation in Africa’s cities. Globally, only 2% of our planets’ water is freshwater, which is fundamental to both human and urban development. 
    Water is THE critical challenge for many of our local governments. African cities, as diverse as large metro’s to small towns, are increasingly experiencing challenges of water security, drought and flooding. As such, there has never been a more relevant time for a pan-African congress to move “from dialogue to action” providing on the ground solutions, unpacking emerging trends and unlocking financial mechanisms.

    LOCS4Africa will:

    • Connect Africa’s cities with local to global water and climate solutions
    • Reimagine development within a rapidly urbanizing landscape 
    • Unpack water and climate opportunities for African cities arising from the Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals 

    Contact Us

    Email: tarryn.quayle@iclei.org or thea.buckle@iclei.org 
    Tel: +27 (021) 202 0403

    Download the Save the Date here.

  • ICLEI Africa is hiring!
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    Professional Officer: Urban Development - Policy and Governance (initial 2-year contract position). ICLEI Africa seeks to hire an urban development expert to join our dynamic team of professionals in the fields of urban sustainability. Closing date is 21st April 2016.

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    ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability is a global association of over 1000 cities and other sub-national government members who are committed to sustainable development. We provide technical services, capacity building and cutting- edge urban solutions to our member cities. ICLEI’s African Head Office is based in Cape Town, serving Members across Sub-Saharan Africa. (www.iclei.org)

    ICLEI Africa invites suitably qualified individuals to apply for the position below, for appointment as soon as possible, for appointment by 1 June 2016:

    Professional Officer: Urban Development - Policy and Governance (initial 2-year contract position)
    ICLEI Africa seeks to hire an urban development expert to join our dynamic team of professionals in the fields of urban sustainability. The individual must have a strong background and keen interest in urban policy development and implementation in Africa coupled with proven relevant experience in:

    (a) Development, implementation and mainstreaming of urban sustainability policy, strategy and action plans related to one or more of the following fields:

    water and sanitation • planning • biodiversity and ecosystem services • transport • inclusive economic development • sustainable urban infrastructure • energy and climate change • financing for development • resource economics

    (b) Project design, implementation and management with proven experience of working in, and leading, multi-disciplinary project teams

    (c) Business development, finance mechanisms and strategic partnerships
    Requirements:

    • A Relevant Master’s degree, or equivalent recognized qualification
    • Minimum of 5 years relevant post-graduate working experience, at least 3 of which at project management level
    • Exceptional leadership, communication, writing, presentation & analytical skills
    • Valid code B driver’s license
    • South African resident/ valid work permit
    • Must have a passion for, and willingness to, travel extensively locally and internationally
    • Knowledge of the African geo-political context
    • Proficiency in French, Swahili or another African language will be an added advantage

    Please forward a comprehensive CV and covering (motivating) letter, including a certified copy of your ID to Peter Tyldesley (peter.tyldesley@iclei.org) by 16h00 on the 21st of April 2016. Please provide proof of current employment, remuneration package, available starting date and three references in your application. No late applications will be considered. 

    A market-related and competitive annual remuneration package (TCOE based) will be offered to successful candidates, taking into consideration qualifications and experience.

    Kindly note: Applicants who have not been contacted within 60 working days after the closing date this advertisement, should regard their applications as unsuccessful.

  • Durban’s water program is setting global standards
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    The eThekwini Municipality Water and Sanitation Department, Durban’s water and waste management provider, avoided huge and expensive equipment associated with centralized water and sanitation systems by deploying a decentralized strategy through partnerships, baseline research, and using less expensive tools.

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    The eThekwini Municipality Water and Sanitation Department, Durban’s water and waste management provider, avoided huge and expensive equipment associated with centralized water and sanitation systems by deploying a decentralized strategy through partnerships, baseline research, and using less expensive tools. The centerpiece of Durban’s program being the “community ablution block” public washroom. It consists of a marine cargo container refitted inside with running water, wash basins, toilets and showers. Durban has 2,500 ablution blocks installed in many of its nearly 500 informal settlements with sufficient public funding to build and install perhaps 80 more annually.

    Other innovations include; 85,000 urine-diverting toilets, standpipes, and water storage tanks installed in informal settlements across the municipality, a mobile sludge processing plant that sterilizes waste removed from toilets and yields usable compost, and an aggressive program to clean waste from pit latrines and then replace them. According to United Nations, approximately 2.4 Billion people rely on contaminated water and open pit latrines for water and sanitation practices in the developing world, a reality that Durban is set on changing for its citizens. Two years ago Durban was honored with the Stockholm Industry Water Award, one of the most prestigious prizes for water work in the public interest, showcasing how Durban’s water program is setting global standards and is a source of national pride in South Africa.

    At the local level working partnerships with ward leaders have been developed to recruit citizen support and improve programs. The locations of ablution blocks, for example, are decided by leadership groups within settlements. Another important partnership was formed between the city and the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pollution Research Group. Together a research center was established to test ideas, including a waste-to-compost program using black soldier fly larvae to hasten the conversion. A pilot plant, built with the help of BioCycle, a South African research and development company, is under construction at one of Durban’s 27 wastewater treatment plants.

    Furthermore, Durban is now testing in-home toilets that use no water, generate sufficient energy to power a light bulb, and produce safe nutrient-rich by-products that can be distributed or sold as soil amendments. The city’s willingness to innovate and experiment attracted the attention of Bill Gates, who, when visiting in 2009, made Durban one of four sites for his foundation’s Reinventing the Toilet program to prove the feasibility of water-free sanitation.

    “eThekwini Water and Sanitation, contrary to the more traditional belief, bucked the trend and quickly came to the conclusion that the traditional approach to sanitation in developing countries is not sustainable” — Carl E. Hensman, Program officer Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    National meteorologists projected that the severe drought, observed in Southern Africa in 2015, will persist until the end of 2016, lowering water levels in storage reservoirs prompting water use restrictions. In the face of such challenges and in light of the projected impacts of climate change it has never been more imperative to seek locally appropriate, sustainable and resilient solutions for water and sanitation service delivery.

    “We cannot continue to use clean potable water to flush our waste. We have to find a way to stop that. It’s got to happen. The new thinking is to look at waste as a resource and take away all the aspects of using water to flush waste away. If you take that away you have enough water for all of us.” - Teddy Gounden, the acting project manager for the municipality’s Water and Sanitation unit.

     

  • Climate Proofing Urban Water and Sanitation
    News

    Providing access to improved drinking water and basic sanitation is proven to drive development and promote health in cities and communities. However, improving urban water and sanitation systems is a complex challenge for utilities and local governments with factors such as climate change, rapid urbanisation, aging and poorly maintained infrastructure, limited institutional capacity, and a high dependency on natural resources all contributing to limiting development at the local level.

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    Providing access to improved drinking water and basic sanitation is proven to drive development and promote health in cities and communities. However, improving urban water and sanitation systems is a complex challenge for utilities and local governments with factors such as climate change, rapid urbanisation, aging and poorly maintained infrastructure, limited institutional capacity, and a high dependency on natural resources all contributing to limiting development at the local level. Resilience, therefore, needs to be integrated into drinking-water and sanitation service delivery to cope with present and future climate variability.

    In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, access to clean water and sanitation presents major challenges, in particular, for the urban poor. In addition to access challenges poor services can also result in the spread of  illness,  including  cholera,  malaria,  and  diarrhoea, particularly  during  times of flooding, which  could become more severe or frequent in future due to climate change. In response these challenges Dar es Salaam has developed a number of good initiatives aimed at improving urban areas in the city:

    • City authorities have rehabilitated of storm water drainage in the city centre and sewerage systems to help them withstand heavy flooding and improve resilience to climatic events
    • Property formalisation in Dar es Salaam - The  government  is  implementing  a  project  to  identify  all  properties in informal settlements to  issue land/property licenses or  Right of Occupancy  in an attempt to curb  further densification in  those areas and  to improve security of  tenure, which could be used as collateral for economic empowerment.

    Formalisation of slums will be provide a foundation to regulate these settlements and ultimately allow  provision  of  infrastructure  including  drainage  channels  for  storm  water,  piped  water  supply,  refuse  collection services using municipal and private vehicles, sanitation (pit and septic tank emptying services), secure tenure (loans), improvi- ng housing conditions and reducing overcrowding in unplanned settlements. 

     

  • Hydrosolidarity – working together towards a water secure future
    News

    Population growth and expansion of industries both result in increasing water demand. Recent droughts experienced in several parts of the world including countries in Sub-Saharan Africa further exacerbate the shortfall between water availability and demand. This will impact largely on water access of poor and marginalised people in low-income countries. Urban regions will be affected the most as according to current rates of urbanisation, the urban population on the continent is projected to double by 2030.

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    Population growth and expansion of industries both result in increasing water demand. Recent droughts experienced in several parts of the world including countries in Sub-Saharan Africa further exacerbate the shortfall between water availability and demand. This will impact largely on water access of poor and marginalised people in low-income countries. Urban regions will be affected the most as according to current rates of urbanisation, the urban population on the continent is projected to double by 2030. Access to safe drinking water will thus continue to be a problem in cities across Africa.

    Access to water is a cross-cutting issue that affects a number of local government sectors and is infused in social, economic, political and ecological processes. Threats of reduced access in the future make it imperative for governments to put in place innovative systems to address the problem. Water governance and in particular, an integrated approach to planning for both water resources and water management is emerging as an important pathway to address the challenge. This practice brings together NGOs, traditional communities, businesses, the different spheres of government in partnerships to ensure that water is managed effectively. Increasingly, there is a lot of emphasis on an integrated approach to management of water at the local level as that is the sphere of government closest to the people and often mandated to deliver portable water to local residents. It is also at this level where it is easier to engage and raise awareness of communities to the importance of efficient water use and in the process positively influence behaviour.

    For a practical example of a project focussing on sustainable and integrated approaches to urban water management please click here

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