More than 65% of households in Sub-Saharan Africa are not connected to a sewer system, leaving many to depend on sanitation systems that create fecal sludge. In response to efforts made to improve fecal sludge management (FSM) mechanisms, AfWA coordinated an in depth rapid assessment which has formed the basis of this white paper.
Conducted from October to December 2015, the rapid assessment evaluated stakeholders in the sanitation sector in 31 Sub-Saharan African countries. AfWAs study characterized the opportunities and constraints of non-sewer and FSM; identified and explored non-sewer and FSM models in Africa with potential for replication; and shortlisted municipalities, utilities and operators as potential mentors and mentees.
The white paper on the sanitation situation in Africa was published with the financial support of USAID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This report has laid the groundwork for future peer-to-peer learning partnership programs, such as RASOP (Reinforcing the capacity of African Sanitation Operators Program) implemented by AfWA.