Local Strategies and Policies Sessions


19 May

19 May

14:30 to 18:00

Venue: Room 3


United Cities and Local Governments of Africa

Tel: +212(0)537 260 062

Email: info@uclga.org

Web: https://www.uclga.org/


Since 2020, YCID has been advocating for the recognition of the role of local authorities in the management of autonomous sanitation. On the occasion of the 9th World Water Forum (Dakar, March 2022), this plea obtained an important echo and the support of key players in the sector such as the African Water Association (AAE / AfWA ), the Gates Foundation, the French Water Partnership, but also from several representatives of national associations of African local authorities. In this context, it seems essential to put the theme of sanitation at the heart of the debates that will be held at Africities and to encourage the support of all the local authorities on the continent by setting up a network of elected officials and local actors committed to the recognition of non-collective sanitation. Non-collective sanitation is largely predominant in sub-Saharan Africa. 78.6% of the urban population and 72% of the African rural population use this mode of sanitation. The main challenge is therefore to promote the structuring of autonomous public sanitation services managed in a sustainable manner by local authorities. -        At the national level, the aim is to allow local authorities to have access to all the financial, human and material resources necessary to manage these services. -        At the level of the African continent, it is a question of reinforcing the exchange of experiences between local actors by constituting a network of elected officials. -        At the international level, it is a question of promoting the action of this network and promoting autonomous sanitation as a response to the SDGs. This session will address all the key issues related to this issue of on-site sanitation: the formalization of the sector, the collection of fees, the modernization of emptying truck fleets, the awareness-raising strategies to be implemented, treatment devices and recovery of by-products. The main objectives of this session are: -        to provide a response to SDG 6 and targets 6.2 and 6.3, by promoting non-collective sanitation, -        to create a network of local elected Africans committed to the recognition of this type of sanitation. The session will begin with an inventory of the situation of autonomous sanitation in Africa, which will be followed by feedback from African local elected officials on the issue, highlighting in particular the interest of decentralized cooperation. Then, a time of debate will be organized in order to structure the bases of this network of African elected representatives entitled “ AfricaSpanc ”, which would be integrated into the UCLG-Africa organization. The session will end with the elaboration of recommendations and the adoption of a common charter. This session therefore intends to bring together all the representatives of national associations of local authorities on the continent. The constitution of this network and the recognition of the role of local authorities will make it possible to provide a concrete and concerted response to the challenges of the 2030 Agenda and the 2063 Agenda of the African Union. This network will facilitate the sharing of experiences and capacity building among local elected officials. Intermediary cities must necessarily take into account this issue of sanitation in order to consider sustainable city and territory projects and make their voice heard within the AfricaSpanc network.          





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