Policy analysis and research support in fecal waste management (FWM) in East Africa

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Policy analysis and research support in fecal waste management (FWM) in East Africa

The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is conducting a dual-inquiry into policy and practices around fecal waste management in East Africa. This project seeks to strengthen the design, implementation and resourcing of national sanitation policies in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
The project's anticipated outcomes align with the Ngor Declaration of 2015, and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.2. It involves collaboration across three APHRC divisions: Research; Policy Engagement and Communication; and the Research Capacity Strengthening (RCS) divisions. The multi-disciplinary team will work in six rapidly urbanizing areas in East Africa: Nairobi and Nakuru (Kenya), Mbarara and Kampala (Uganda), and Dar es Salaam and Arusha (Tanzania).

Project Goals:
  • Develop a regional synthesis of policies, programs, innovations and gaps in fecal waste management in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
  • Collect data that validates the state and existing gaps in fecal waste management policies, investments and practices in selected urban areas in East Africa in order to develop recommendations and policy engagement agenda for maximizing investments and opportunities in the sector.
  • Build a networked cohort of well-trained scholars able to generate high quality research and interact with policymakers and practitioners on issues around fecal waste management
  • Use the body of evidence from policy, programs, innovations reviews and gaps in fecal waste management as an advocacy tool for a networked approach to policy-makers and other stakeholders in order to improve sanitation and management of fecal waste, while ensuring wider opportunities for the engagement by women in decision-making processes.
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Re: reminder WG: Your project: Policy analysis and research support in fecal waste management (FWM)

Dear all,

Elisabeth has suggested that I provide a bit more information about this project. Please find below some further details.

Best Mwangi

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Title of grant: Policy analysis and research support in fecal waste management (FWM) in East Africa

Subtitle: An evidence-based approach towards sustainable fecal waste management in rapidly urbanizing centers within three East African countries.

Name of lead organization: African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)
Primary contact at lead organization: Blessing Mberu – Program Lead, Urbanization and Wellbeing (UWB)
Grantee location: Nairobi, Kenya
Developing country where the research is being tested: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
Start and end date: 2016-2019
Grant type: Global Development - Water Sanitation and Hygiene
Grant size: USD 1,299,991

Short description of the project:
The Fecal Waste Management (FWM) project is a dual-inquiry into policy and practice along the sanitation value chain in East Africa. This three-year project seeks to improve and expand the implementation and resourcing of national sanitation policies in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Anticipated project outcomes align with the Ngor Declaration of 2015, and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.2 on Clean Water and Sanitation. The Ngor Declaration aims to see countries allocate fiscal spending of at least 0.5% of national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) towards sanitation. SDG 6.2 seeks to achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all; end open defecation while paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and other vulnerable populations. Overall, these investments are anticipated to have a five-fold return: socio-economic benefits including increased productivity of the working population, prevention of illness, prevention of disability, reduced healthcare costs and prevention of early death.

Goals:
see my post before this one

Objectives:
• Provide a roadmap for inclusive urban sanitation policy at national and sub-national level, consistent with SDG 6.2 and Ngor declaration as relates to FWM in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
• Establish APHRC as an authority in sanitation research and policy within the East Africa region, especially focused on urban sanitation.
• Strengthen the integration and mainstreaming of gender into the sanitation guidelines for Africa

Research or implementation partners:
• African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW)
• SuSanA network
• Sanergy
• Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance (WASH-FIN)

Links, further readings: aphrc.org/post/projects/fecal-sludge-management
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Re: Policy analysis and research support in fecal waste management (FWM) in East Africa

As a Tanzanian working in the sanitation sector I would say this project came at the right time. I think Tanzania is somehow behind in-terms of implementation of sustainable FWM practices; I am aware of a Fecal Sludge Management (FSM) project in UDSM. I think if such efforts are backed up by policies then we will soon see more positive results in-term of uptake and synthesis my communities- which is our end goal. Bravo Chege et al. I will be happy to contribute in whatever way I can. All the best.

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