Multi-actor Approaches to Total Sanitation in Africa

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Overview
  • INSTITUTE:
    UNU-ISP
    PUBLISHER:
    United Nations University Press
    VOLUME:
    Policy Brief No. 8, 2013
    TITLE:
    Multi-actor Approaches to Total Sanitation in Africa
    AUTHORS:
    by Kei Otsuki, Weena Gera and David Mungai
    PUB DATE:
    2013•12•24
    ISSN WEB:
    1814-8026
    ISBN 13:
    978-92-808-3111-5
    COPYRIGHT:
    United Nations University

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    Since the 2000s, African cities have witnessed a series of interventions to improve water and sanitation. This policy brief outlines key lessons learned from the intervention experience, drawing on the UNU research project Multi-level Urban Governance for Total Sanitation (2011–2013) under the Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (ESDA) Project. It highlights the importance of multi-actor approaches for promoting: (1) an institutional framework to coordinate civil society organizations, community-based organizations, and the state agencies across levels; (2) policy recognition of water and sanitation as socially embedded infrastructure with gendered dimensions; and (3) the relevance of scientific research and university education to ongoing policy interventions.