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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


The AWASLA resource platform will act as a centre of excellence providing local governments with an online resource library that aims to encourage research, highlight emerging thematic areas, share experiences and technologies, enhance capacity and access to key documentation for African Local Governments.

Furthermore, the resource library seeks to promote south south exchange of local knowledge and practices between Africa and regions such as South Asia and South East Asia, growing a community of local best practice and facilitating peer to peer engagement.


ACCESSanitation Self-Study Tool – Urban Sustainable Sanitation

accessanitation-logo-print.jpgThe ACCESSanitation Self-Study Tool on Urban Sustainable Sanitation was one of the key outputs that emerged from the project ‘ACCESSanitation – Accelerating City to City Exchange for Sustainable Sanitation’.

The tool is specifically designed for representatives from Local Government Organisations, but may also be used by others that are working in the field of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) to improve services provided to the un-served.

The ACCESSanitation Self-Study Tool is a self-learning tool that can be used as a pool of resources or as a support for planning and implementing projects. The Toolbox structures ‘the best of’ the available material that support users for a more holistic planning and implementation of water and sanitation interventions at the local level. The tool is comprised of 15 modules listed below and can be accessed here.

For each module of the ACCESSanitation Self-Study Tool on Urban Sustainable Sanitation a short self-assessment quiz has been developed. The quizzes invite users to assess their level of knowledge before or after reading through the ACCESSanitation Self-Study Materials on Urban Sustainable Sanitation.

Module 01: Sustainable Sanitation
Module 02: Linking up Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management
Module 03: Water, Sanitation and Environment
Module 04: Water, Sanitation and Gender
Module 05: Health and Hygiene Issues
Module 06: Water, Sanitation and Economy
Module 07: Policies and Legal Framework
Module 08: City Sanitation Plans
Module 09: Assessment, Implementation & Management
Module 10: Demand Creation & Soc. Marketing
Module 11: Developing Human Resources
Module 12: Planning with the Community
Module 13: Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation
Module 14: Financing and Sources of Funding
Module 15: Urban SSWM ("softwares" and "hardwares")

This tool was developed by Ecosan Services Foundation (ESF) in partnership with seeconsult