Meeting the needs of UNICEF water practitioners in West and Central Africa
In the two years to come, the “Accountability for Sustainability” partnership will work together with ten UNICEF Country Offices to help them better respond to sustainability challenges in the water sector. The West and Central Africa Regional meeting that took place in Dakar in September 2015 was the perfect platform for SIWI to inform about the partnership, learn more about the needs in the region and make contacts for future collaboration.
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Governance constraints to universal access to safe drinking water in the West and Central African regions are numerous and pervasive. To sustain the progress already made, UNICEF Country Offices in Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar and Nigeria have started cooperating with SIWI to better include WASH accountability aspects in their programming. More countries are invited to make use of the in-depth technical assistance offered by the “Accountability for Sustainability” partnership to increase the sustainability of water and sanitation services.
The UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Meeting in Dakar last September was a good opportunity to inform more broadly about the importance of accountability practices in the water sector, discuss challenges met in the region and review existing tools for programming for accountability.
The training, attended by 35 WASH professionals from 17 different Country Offices, prompted several participants to approach SIWI for further information. Together with these Country Offices, SIWI will now explore how support available from the “Accountability for Sustainability” partnership can benefit their programming at the country level.