ESAWAS enters into mutually beneficial partnerships that promote and enhance water supply and sanitation regulation.

ESAWAS has to-date established four strategic partnerships to support the execution of its activities and extend its Africa-wide and global reach as follows:

Partner Description

African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW)

ESAWAS signed an MoU with AMCOW under the following collaborative framework:

  1. Sanitation, Policies and Guidelines, Plans and Regulations: ESAWAS will be part of the AMCOW Task Team to develop the policies and guidelines. AMCOW will be incorporated at key consultative and feedback stages in the development and implementation of the ESAWAS regulatory framework for inclusive urban sanitation regulation.
  2. Capacity Building and training: Capacity building efforts will be mutually beneficial to the parties and help to improve and develop capacity in regulators, Utilities and Ministries to discharge their respective mandates to increase access to safe water supply and sanitation services.
  3. Joint participation in relevant selected events: This will facilitate information dissemination and advocacy on agreed topics/themes at organised learning and knowledge sharing events.
  4. Data Collection, Monitoring and Reporting: The parties will collaborate on data collection and the use of data/reports to influence policy and Utility performance at Country level.
  5. Sharing relevant information and knowledge: which relate to the common objectives of the parties to add value to the parties’ activities and programmes.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)

Project: To increase access to safely managed sanitation services for an estimated 50.76 million of the urban population, particularly the urban poor, in the East and Southern African countries by improving non-sewered sanitation service delivery through regulation

Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)

 The MoU with WSUP is under the following collaborative framework:
  • Sharing relevant information and knowledge.
  • Joint participation in relevant selected regional and international events.
  • A phased programme of capacity building led by WSUP regional and international experts and based on mutually agreed priority topics
  • Fostering and strengthening partnerships between WSUP and ESAWAS Regulators and Utilities in the countries/cities where WSUP operate via their country programmes and through contract assignments undertaken by WSUP Advisory.
  • Assigning necessary emphasis to pro-poor strategies that lead to increased water and sanitation services to unserved urban populations, which also aligns with SDG6.

Climate Resilience Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF)

 The MoU with CRIDF is under the following collaborative framework:
  • Support development of ESAWAS Strategic Plan 2019-21.
  • Support development of Rural WSS Regulation Strategy and Framework.
  • Provide expertise in the mainstreaming of climate resilience and adaptation within the regulation and service delivery framework.
  • Facilitate NRW expertise in business case analysis and financial & technical modelling.

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