The 8th Africa Water Week (AWW-8) and the 6th AfricaSan will hold virtually from November 22-26, 2021. The two events (8th Africa Water Week and 6th AfricaSan) will jointly be organized and convened under the auspices of the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) in conjunction with the African Union Commission. The Government of Namibia in collaboration with other development partners, will host the events.
Call for Session Conveners
Interested Organizations are invited to convene seminar sessions under the sub themes. The seminars will revolve around the following strategic insights and promote sharing lessons learned, bringing forth innovative solutions and proffering ideas on impactful actions that need to be imbibed, up-scaled and improved on to reach required progress and sustainability. Session conveners will, however, be required to make a supporting contribution of 1,500.00 USD for each technical session. A discount will be considered for local CBOs/CSOs, SMEs, local governments/districts whose session is focused on breakthrough innovations that will contribute new knowledge to the sector. Eligible organizations should contact the AMCOW Secretariat via firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindly click on the links below and complete the Call for Expression of Interest form, if you want to convene a session. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the theme and sub theme details and plan your seminar along the focus areas and objectives of the conference. All entries must be submitted by 7th November 2021.
8th Africa Water Week - https://forms.gle/keUE2sA14iGyzi918
6th AfricaSan - https://forms.gle/4VsUXMiiPQAESoAK9
Read more on the Conference Theme and sub themes
8th Africa Water Week Theme: “Water Security for Public Health and Human Development”
Sub-Theme 1: Transboundary water management for cooperation and shared development
Lead Conveners: UNESCO / IGRAC / CIWA
The development and management of transboundary groundwater resources should foster peace and security through equitable utilization and cooperation in shared management transboundary water resources and aquifers. However, the transboundary water management in many regions of Africa are characterized by weak governance and institutional frameworks in addition to lack of adequate data collection, and information & knowledge sharing mechanisms.
• How integrated and coordinated water resources development at national and transboundary levels can contribute to sustainable socio-economic development and promote peace and stability in Africa.
• Cover water rights, cooperation and shared management of water/groundwater resources and related capacity building at both national and transboundary levels.
• Address the challenges of ecosystem-based adaptation, nature-based solutions and prospects of green infrastructure in Africa.
• Contribute to knowledge / experiences sharing, skills and capacity building for effective mechanisms for transboundary water and aquifer management.
Sub-Theme 2: Enhancing Water Security through sustainable management of Groundwater Resources
Lead Convener: BGR
This sub theme focusses on effective governance and institutional structures as central to protect and safeguard sustainable development and management of water and groundwater resources.
• Spotlights innovative groundwater governance models, legal systems and policy frameworks, including social inclusion and peer learning and knowledge exchange.
• Considers the centrality of management support tools in groundwater governance, and issues related to investments in (ground)water infrastructure within the context of achieving the SDGs.
• Evaluates groundwater governance and sustainability for different uses such as domestic water supply, hydropower, irrigation and industry as an integral part of socio-ecological systems involving (public involvement, management capacity, knowledge management, youth and gender inclusion).
• Assesses the role of groundwater in the WEFE Nexus in the face of increasing competing demands and climate change.
• Addresses the implications of increasing dependence of urban centers, especially in coastal areas, on groundwater vis-à-vis the sustainability of the groundwater resource base and governance institutional and legal frameworks for bulk urban groundwater abstractions.
• Present the AMCOW flagship programme on groundwater (APAGroP) focusing on objectives, strategy, outlook and progress.
Sub-Theme 3: Building Africa’s resilience to Climate Change and related disasters
Lead Conveners: IWMI / BGS
There is no doubt that the reality of climate change is undeniable due to obvious impacts of the ecosystem including freshwater resources. Nonetheless, the impacts of climate change on groundwater are still poorly understood.
• Understanding the critical roles of groundwater in sustaining ecosystems and enabling climate-resilient water supplies for domestic WASH use and in small-holder agriculture .
• Welcomes inputs that address both direct and indirect impacts of climate change on water and groundwater resources as well as transboundary aquifer systems in Africa.
• Considers the associated risks of increasing groundwater use for public water supplies as well as industrial and irrigation demand.
• Reflects on issues relating to interactions between groundwater and other components of the hydrosphere under climate change as well as conjunctive management of surface and ground waters within the framework of transboundary IWRM.
• Groundwater resilience and the role of groundwater for achieving water and food security, in addition to highlighting the links between groundwater and climate change, mitigation and adaptation to ensure the sustainable management of water resources in general.
Sub-Theme 4: Addressing Water and Sanitation sector enablers and drivers: policy, capacity development, knowledge management, financing among others
Lead Convener: GWP
Contrary to the focus of SGD-6 that envisage “sustainable access to safe and adequate water supply and sanitation to meet the needs of all” by 2030, only 61% of African populace have access to basic water supply, and only 31% have access to basic sanitation. Sub theme 4 will focus on:
• The task of improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene through integrated approaches that ensure rapid progress and easy access to knowledge and best practices.
• Closing the varied deficits in knowledge and capacity gaps in respect of water resources management, including transboundary water and aquifer issues in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
• Encourage calls for dialogue among all stakeholders in water and sanitation sector to brainstorm on the need for synergy to align development agenda in water and sanitation to wider continental water management policies, strategies and investment needs in order to accelerate the attainment of key targets of SDG-6.
• Address the contributions of citizen science and water education including gender inclusion in ensuring better understanding of the socio-economic dimensions of water and WASH services in accelerating the attainment of key targets of SDG-6.
• Showcase the continent’s progress in water resources management, financial mapping in the sector and other related initiatives geared at enhancing capacity in water resources development and management in member states.
6th AfricaSan Theme: “Accelerating Access to Safe Sanitation and Hygiene in Africa at SDG+5 and Covid-19 era”
The sub themes will have sessions focusing on the following areas.
Sub-Theme 1: Inclusive Policy and Strategy for Accelerating Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement in Africa:
Lead Conveners: WSUP and ESAWAS
• The role AMCOW’s ASPG in improving the enabling environment for sanitation in Africa.
• Policy to Action: ASPG and country-wide access to sanitation and ending Open Defecation –
• Mapping/identifying and targeting the most vulnerable for transparent and timely support (technical and if possible financial)
• Participatory policy making
• Sanitation and Gender
• Sustainability of sanitation facilities and services,
• Participatory and inclusive planning at national and subnational levels for sanitation improvement
• High-level political leadership commitment for Sanitation improvement (at various levels of public administration in countries)
• National vs Subnational policy, strategy and action plans with budgets
• Sector strengthening measures to create congenial environment for private sector participation on delivery of improved sanitation facilities and services
Sub-Theme 2: Bridging the Human Resource Gap for Sanitation and Hygiene in Africa
Lead Convener: WRC South Africa
• Assessing the human capacity gap for sanitation at national and subnational level
• Policy making for capacity improvement
• Monitoring and evaluating human capacity for sanitation improvement
• Planning and budgeting for sanitation and hygiene capacity
• Opportunities for bridging the sanitation capacity gaps
• Monitoring for efficiency and effectiveness of quality construction and standards
Sub-Theme 3: Fecal Sludge Management, Green Economy and Climate Change
Lead Conveners: AfWA
• FSM as the key to accelerating sanitation uptake
• CWIS – a model that works in Africa
• Innovative technologies for closing the loop on FSM
• Best practices for FSM/Green Economy and Climate Change
Sub-Theme 4:Improving Hygiene in Africa: Building on the Momentum of COVID Era Hand Hygiene
Lead Convener: UNICEF
• Hygiene for the vulnerable in pandemics and epidemics
• Sustaining behaviour change post pandemic
• Innovation hygiene approaches for emergencies
Cross cutting Sub-Theme: “Securing innovative financing for water, sanitation and hygiene in financially challenging times”
Lead Convener: AfDB
Under the conference cross cutting sub theme, the sanitation and hygiene strand will focus on:
• Inclusive Hygiene budgeting
• Sanitation as business and wealth creation as well as a source of employment for the youth
• Opportunities for innovative financing for sanitation and hygiene
• Challenges for securing inclusive sanitation financing
• Effective options for sustainable financing for water services
• Navigating around Covid-19 induced financing challenges for water supply infrastructure
Here is the link to register for the conference http://register.africawatersanitationweek.amcow-online.org/. It is also available on our website and social media channels.