by Heloise Chicou, CSO Advisor
18 Jan, 2018 in
This is particularly true today when countries such as Zambia are experiencing cholera outbreaks or when Kenyan organizations are fighting together to influence the water bill.
East Africa regroups strong Water and Sanitation Civil Society Organisations from Kenya (KEWASNET), Tanzania (TEWASNET), Malawi (WESNET), Zambia (Zambia WASH Forum) and others. These organisations play an important role in engaging with their governments, local authorities and community based organisations to make sure that the human rights to water and sanitation are implemented and that people are aware and engage in water and sanitation policies.
On the 27-29 of November 2017, SWA, the African Civil Society Network for Water and Sanitation (ANEW), the Watershed programme, and End Water Poverty held a workshop in Kenya. The aim of the meeting was to go over challenges and opportunities for joint action in the sub region to influence the implementation of the sustainable development goals.
Overall ten country CSO networks and partners were represented at the meeting, several of them SWA CSO Focal Points, gathering representatives from Zambia, Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia and Rwanda.
The participants underlined common challenges in engaging in advocacy to reach the SDGs such as:
They also underlined important opportunities including:
They concluded that they would like work further together at the regional level on the following issues:
Overall, this meeting was a great step towards making sure that civil society voice remains united in Africa at the regional, sub-regional and national level. This space is unfortunately shrinking at the national level and therefore, it is now (more than ever) important to hold all actors accountable for progress towards our common sustainable development agenda.
To find out more about your country's progress on Goal 6 see the country factsheets listed here.