As the New Year unfolds, the water and sanitation sector looks forward to greater fiscal allocations as a result of the upcoming Sanitation and Water for All meeting in Washington DC. Countries are preparing the relevant evidence to demonstrate if, and how, they have increased government and non-government funds to this important sector despite the globally stretched economic situation resulting from the financial crisis.
The meeting will provide an excellent platform to review progress in different countries, with various solutions being adopted to increase access and use of water and sanitation facilities across the globe. In some countries, work has focussed on the mobilising of greater resources and in others the attention has been on reducing unit costs.
However, being on the frontline of delivering one of the largest United Nations assisted water and sanitation programmes in Africa, it is important that in these forums focus is also give to long term technical capacity development to ensure the sustainability of the funds/infrastructures created.
I welcome inputs to this BLOG on the Sanitation and Water for All initiative.