Participants principally from Africa gathered for the four-day event (22-25 February 2016) and took stock of the opportunities and challenges offered by the new 2030 development agenda. The GWOPA Secretariat was honoured to be invited to provide a keynote speech during the Plenary Session on Governance and Performance Improvement Tools, during which the potential for WOPs to scale-up effective practice in African utilities was warmly received.
The Congress also provided an occasion to interact with donors active in the region and GWOPA took advantage of this space to present the Performance Improvement Plans developed through WOPs to participating donors. Feedback was positive and it was agreed that follow-up on funding these plans should be given due attention.
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Anne Bousquet, GWOPA’s regional coordinator for Africa, participated in a session co-organized by GWOPA and WOP-Africa, where the new WOP-Africa initiative on faecal sludge management WOPs was presented. A representatives from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Doulaye Kone, chaired this session and emphasized the potential for WOPs in the region and the possibility of scaling up sanitation WOPs.