Sanitation Policy Guideline being developed by AMCOW - tools used for development of policy in Africa?


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Sanitation Policy Guideline by AMCOW

African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) is working on a sanitation policy guideline for the African continent and plans to work with countries to ensure that the policy gaps in their countries are filled using this guideline. It will cover a spectrum of issues.
AMCOW would like to have information on:
  • Processes and the outcomes in terms of what’s worked and why
  • Tools to assess policy and assessing the enabling environment and Internal tools donors and consultants are using as part of providing technical assistance for development of policy.
If you have any information of any country’s Participatory Sanitation Policy Development Process, kindly share this with Kitchinme Bawa(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
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Re: Sanitation Policy Guideline by AMCOW

Dear Ms. Shobana,

I believe, this is for people residing in Africa!!??

On this note, do you have information on countries having sanitation policy - or, better still, provide links to the sanitation policies, if convenient.

For your information, I'm attaching our local sanitation policies.

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Re: Sanitation Policy Guideline by AMCOW

Dear Shobana,

Interesting initiative. I hope Kitch will share more details with us here on the forum. (and yes, Mughal, Kitch's focus will be on Africa, as AMCOW is the African Ministers’ Council on Water)

Regarding policies, I think we haven't often discussed in the forum HOW they were developed, but more the end result, i.e. the published sanitation policies (or the lack thereof).

I wonder if Kitch has browsed through this forum category (called "government as a driver") where we have discussed policies in the past (with now a new sub-category specifically for India):

We also have a forum category that deals with reuse policies and legislation, see here:

Then there are policies regarding pit emptying, these can be found mixed in here with technical topics:

Policies and guidelines for FSM are in this sub-category:

When it comes to sanitation policies, we have to consider the different steps of the sanitation chain. In the forum we have discussed them in different sections, depending on whether it's about toilets, faecal sludge emptying & transport, FSM, reuse... That's perhaps not quite ideal, so it will be great if someone pulls everything together somehow. Looking forward to seeing the outcomes of Kitch's work!

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