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2020 W&H Conference: Sanitation: New Pathways to Action and Scale

Convened by The Water Institute, University of Leeds, UNICEF, WHO, AMCOW, and USAID Moderator: Ms. Clarissa Brocklehurst, Adjunct Professor, Water Institute, UNC Panelists: Dr Canisius Kanangire, Executive Secretary, African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) Ms. Kelly Ann Naylor, Associate Director for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), UNICEF Professor Barbara Evans, School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds Ms. Joyce Kisiangani, USAID/WASHPaLS

The last few years has seen a surge of activity around sanitation, with some new research that helps refine implementation approaches, collaboration on sanitation advocacy, and interest from governments in establishing policy and accelerating progress. For instance, new research has broadened the evidence base on how to better cost sanitation and how to design subsidies more effectively. WHO and UNICEF have collaborated on a report on the global State of Sanitation (launching on World Toilet Day in November 2020) which gives an overview of the sector and encourages governments to take a strong role in leadership, regulation and strategic investment. This has been produced at the same time as the African Sanitation Policy Guidelines, being led by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) in response to requests from its members for assistance in establishing robust sanitation policy.

This special session will give us a chance to take an overview of these recent additions to the sanitation literature, and to discuss what drives progress and scale in sanitation. How can we encourage and support governments to take on leadership, work at scale, and accelerate progress?