Thoughts from the Sustainable WASH Forum
News from the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) Meeting in Tunis
George Mhango, Tunis in Tunisia
March 27, 2013
Over 150 delegates including, ministers, CSO leaders and experts in water and sanitation have converged in the Tunisian capital Tunis for the meeting to launch the Regional Coordination Committee of the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI).
RWSSI was launched in 2003 by the African Development Bank with an overall goal of universal access to water supply and sanitation services for the rural populations by 2025 with an immediate target of 80 percent coverage by 2015.
Delegates at the conference going on at Ramada Plaza in Tunis heard from various dignitaries including Bai Mass Taal, the Executive Secretary for African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW).
Taal noted that AMCOW had adopted RWSSI in recognition of the need to focus on this under-prioritized subsector.
While presenting the Terms of References for Regional Coordination Committee, Osward Mulenga Chanda, the Manager for Water and…
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Reflection on last week’s Sustainability Forum in Washington DC
By: Harold Lockwood, Aguaconsult and Triple-S
Just back from the WASH sustainability forum in Washington DC and as the dust settles, it is time to pick up on the blog I wrote in anticipation of the two days of discussion, reflection, and sharing. How did it all go? Did the earth move under our feet? Well, perhaps predictably the answer to that one is ‘no’ – very few one-off meetings or events are earth-shattering in that sense – but all in all, it was a good meeting and a good week.
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