20 Apr, 2018
The Luapula Provincial High Level Political Forum organized a meeting dedicated to WASH. It brought together the province’s mayors, town clerks, Council secretaries, WASH coordinators, district planners, CSOs, international NGOs and Provincial Heads to discuss on how to accelerate implementation of SDG 6 and its spirit of “leave no one behind” under the theme: “Uniting for a better future”.
Together with other organizations, SWA sponsored the participation of Vision Africa Regional Network (VAREN) Zambia, a civil society network active in Luapula. CSOs, together with the provincial administration, are becoming more proactive and involved in the District’s WASH plans.
Realizing the slow progress being made in achieving the SGDs, local authorities in Luapula pledged to use their equalization fund to support WASH services in the Chembe district, which has already mobilized $100,000 to support water supply. Other districts also pledged to create dedicated water supply budget lines during this year’s planning and budgeting cycles, with funding from local revenues. Others will consider engaging the private sector through public-private partnerships.
In a decision that demonstrates the growing important of the Forum, the Government declared it should become an annual event, held every March. Following the Forum, the Local Authority and other stakeholders in Luapula started developing the Districts’ Water and Sanitation Plan (DWSP), specifically for Mansa and Chipili, supported by VAREN and GFA, a GIZ consulting firm. Also, participants agree to use “action sheets”, where all districts will indicate new commitments for 2018-2019 WASH services with specific outputs using local financing.