Published on: 29/07/2015
In its assessment of the achievement of the water and sanitation Millennium Development Goals, the Joint Monitoring Programme notes that the world has fallen short of its sanitation targets. Still some 2.4 billion people lack access to improved sanitation facilities. Of these, around a third live in urban areas. Moreover, many of the facilities cannot be considered hygienically safe or sustainable. And access is mainly concentrated among the rich, leaving the poor to fend for themselves.
The challenges contributing to sanitation problems in urban areas are particularly complex. Government leadership is weak and this low political commitment leads to chronic shortages of public funds towards sanitation. When funds are available, most go to infrastructure development and little to improving the management of service delivery. Furthermore, there may be institutional fragmentation, with for example utilities mandated to deliver sanitation services using sewers, while municipalities are mandated to provide on-site systems to users. Regulation, including enforcement of environmental regulation is lacking or not effective, as polluting activities such as dumping of faecal sludge are rarely, if ever, fined. Further, sanitation is seen by many in the sector as a household responsibility and not a public concern.
These challenges cannot be addressed by one single solution. A mix of options and modalities is needed. The IRC event will provide a framework for identifying solutions towards sustainable urban sanitation.
Specific attention will be given to the following:
As addressing water and sanitation needs in urban areas, particularly in urbanising delta’s, is a key focus area in Dutch development cooperation, we invite you to this IRC event to discuss practical solutions to this pressing problem.
To learn more about the topic read IRC's working paper Towards systemic change in urban sanitation.
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When: Wednesday 9 September 2015, 17.00 - 18:30 p.m. (preceded by coffee from 16:30 and followed by drinks till 20:00)
Programme: Expert presentations followed by an open discussion
The event is free, there is no registration fee.
We hope to meet you on September 9th in The Hague!
IRC runs thematic events in The Hague, open to all interested parties. They aim to bring together professionals to network and discuss hot topics in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. They are forward looking and multidisciplinary in nature presenting the latest thinking from governments, NGOs, private sector and academia.