Tuesday, 24 May 2016 02:00

AfWA addresses the sanitation gap in Africa through SWOPs

Peer-support between sanitation operators (SWOPs) is one of the pillars of the RASOP – Africa project.

The RASOP – Africa project (reinforcing African sanitation operators on non-sewer and fecal sludge management through peer-to-peer learning partnership) was launched in January 2016 with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Led by the African Water Association (AfWA), the 3-year initiative aims to improve the well-being of citizens in recipient cities by ensuring safe and sustainable sanitation services. GWOPA will provide technical support to the project, which operates along three main objectives:

  • Develop guidelines on sustainable sanitation
  • Reinforce the capacity of sanitation operators and local governments through SWOPs (5 foreseen*)
  • Provide assistance to sanitation operators to prepare strategic plans

As an initial step, AfWA is organizing a series of local events to bring together key stakeholders, the first of which took place on Monday, May 9, 2016 in Yamoussoukro. The event brought together representatives from the Ivorian Ministry of Urban Safety and Sanitation, local authorities, development partners and other members of AfWA. The next events will take place in Bamako, Yaoundé, Kampala and Lusaka.

* Operators involved in the 5 SWOPs

Mentors: Dakar (Senegal), Ethekwini (South Africa)
Mentees: Lusaka (Zambia), Kampala (Uganda), Yaoundé (Cameroon), Yamoussoukro (Côte d’Ivoire), Bamako (Mali)

More information about this project

Photo: Local administrators and governments from Yamoussoukro during the RASOP launch ceremony

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