Africa Water and Sanitation Local Authorities Network
  • 26% of Africa's population (244 million) has a piped water connection on their premises.
  • 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.
  • Almost 20% of Sub-Saharan Africa relies on a water source that is more than 30 minutes away from the household.
  • Africa has 9% of global freshwater resources, but 15% of the global population.

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Inception Workshops

The first series of project workshops, the inception meetings, were held over three days in each of the six project Implementing Local Authorities (ILAs). The first two days of each workshop were dedicated to meeting with both technical and political representatives from within the municipality to discuss local challenges and opportunities in respect to the urban water and sanitation sector, taking cognisance of the projected impacts of climate change. Day three was reserved for dedicated consultation with local community leaders and community members. These leaders represented a specific community, identified in consultation with the local authority, as the focus area for a more detailed vulnerability assessment. The final inception meeting report can be viewed here


Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, South Africa: 25 – 27 September 2013

The first inception meeting took place in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. Day one and two were attended by local government officials from the departments of Public Health, Planning, Safety and Security as well as Infrastructure and Engineering. Day three comprised a consultative meeting with community groups representing the informal settlements of Veeplass, Soweto on Sea and Joe Slovo.  


Blantyre, Malawi: 29 – 31 October 2013

The Blantyre inception meeting was attended by officials from the Blantyre City Council, The Water Board, The Water Users Association, The Ministry of Water Development and Irrigation, The department of Leisure, Culture and Environmental Services, Blantyre City Water Board, Department of Urban and Spatial Planning and The Malawi Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management. Day three included consultations with two community groups representing the peri-urban agricultural settlements of Lunzu and Chipande.


Francistown, Botswana: 6 – 8 November 2013

The two day workshop held in partnership with the City of Francistown was attended by the following stakeholders; the Deputy Mayor, the Town Clerk, the National Disaster Management Office, Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Department of Economic Planning, Ministry of Environment, Water and Tourism, Department of Water Affairs. The third day was attended by the Maipafela/Kgaphamadi community representatives, also known as Botsalano. 


Walvis Bay, Namibia: 12 – 14 November 2013

Day one and two included representatives from the Walvis Bay Municipality, and included environmental officers, environmental coordinators, engineers from the Water and Sanitation department and researchers. Day three included residents from four surrounding communities, namely, Topnaar, Narraville, Tutaleni and Kuisebmond. 


Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: 20 – 22 November 2013

The participants at the inception meeting on day one and two for Bulawayo included the Mayor of Bulawayo, The Town Clerk, Local government officials, a member of the Urban Council Association of Zimbabwe (UCAZ), Bulawayo Progressive Research Association and the secretary of the Bulawayo United Residents Association. On the third day community members from Pumula East and Pumula Old were present along with representation from various NGO’s active in the water and sanitation sector at the local level. 


Lusaka, Zambia: 26 – 28 November 2013

The final inception meeting was hosted in Lusaka and attended by both national and local government. Stakeholders included the Department of Water Affairs, the Department of Meteorology, the Department of Forestry and the Department of Housing, Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Development and the National Water and Sewerage Company. The communities that participated on day 3 of the inception meeting include Kanyama Ward 10 and Kanyama Ward 11. 


Workshop Series 1

The SURe Water 4 Africa: Developing LoCS project will host 


Walvis Bay, Namibia: 14 – 16 October 2014

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Blantyre, Malawi: 26 – 28 November 2014

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Workshop Series 2

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