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Multi-Actor Approaches to Total Sanitation in Africa: Key Lessons Learned from Interventions to Improve Water and Sanitation

Authors / Editors: K. Otsuki, D. Mungai Gera, Weena Jade S.


ABSTRACT

Since the 2000s, African cities have witnessed a series of interventions to improve water and sanitation. This brief outlines key lessons learned from the intervention experience, drawing on the UNU research project Multilevel 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 organisations, 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.


Published by: United Nations University Policy Brief, No. 8 , 2013 | Page Nos:
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Type of Publication: Journal Article