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Understanding the financial issues that are relevant to high-level decision makers is a first step in being able to advocate for much needed higher levels of funding and financing.

TitleWater, sanitation, and hygiene : the African WASH ministers’ guide to finance
Publication TypeManual
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsYussif, AT, Orengoh, P, Bawa, K, Banda, TE, IRC
Pagination24 p. : boxes, fig.
Date Published09/2021
PublisherAfrican Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW)
Place PublishedAbuja, Nigeria
Publication LanguageEnglish
Keywordsdomestic resource mobilisation

This guide provides an overview for African WASH ministers and their teams of essential finance-related concepts required to engage optimally with finance ministries, parliamentarians, financial institutions, and other high-level decision makers. It provides numerous links to additional resources and references.  The main goal of this guide is to support strategies and approaches for African WASH ministers to raise additional finance for the sector, to make effective use of the limited available financial resources, and to improve the overall financial sustainability of WASH financing. It provides available evidence and data from diverse African countries that can be used to influence the mobilisation of much needed domestic financial resources.

Key takeaways include:

  • Understanding the financial issues that are relevant for finance ministers and other high-level decision makers is a first step in being able to advocate for higher levels of funding and financing
  • Current funding is less than 10% of what is needed to achieve SDG 6, most countries are progressing too slowly, and in some countries coverage has decreased and at the current rate only 37% coverage for safely managed drinking water will be reached
  • Political decisions and policies made by WASH ministers can have a considerable positive impact on the water and sanitation sector

This guide is complementary to AMCOW's "The African Ministers' WASH Finance Brief", which provides more evidence to support the mobilisation of investment for the WASH sector.


Includes 32 ref. The following IRC staff and associates provided inputs: Dr. Catarina Fonseca (IRC Associate), Juste Nansi (IRC, Burkina Faso), Lemessa Mekonta (IRC, Ethiopia), Jane Nabunnya (IRC Uganda) and Nick Dickinson (IRC Associate).

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