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Utilities making inclusive and safe sanitation a reality

10 speakers

About the session

Languages: EN, FR, SP

The 2021 Joint Monitoring Programme progress report shows that not only are we far from making safely managed sanitation for all a reality, it also urges us to pick up the pace and walk four times faster to reach this goal before 2030.

While the challenges that utilities are facing to make inclusive and safe sanitation a reality are numerous and multi-faceted, operators are taking actions and showing commitment to address and solve them. These include considering a range of social and environmental aspects, identifying technical solutions that work in a given context, building and retaining capacity, financing safe and sustainable sanitation, and working with the given policy frame.

One emerging approach to support utilities in this endeavor is Citywide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS), which promotes a public service approach to extend and sustain inclusive sanitation services across urbanized areas.

The session will highlight the role of public water and sanitation operators in making inclusive and safe sanitation a reality. The session will showcase utilities along the sanitation chain - drawing on existing available and appropriate technologies including onsite and sewers, centralized or decentralized. The session will promote the adoption by public utilities of new sanitation technologies, effective resource recovery and re-use models in partnership with private entrepreneurs.

Stories of fruitful sanitation-focused WOPs (SWOPs) examples will be presented to inspire and stimulate commitments from utilities to scaling up the SWOP practice to meet the sanitation challenge.


Franziska Volk, Associate Expert, GWOPA/UN-Habitat

Dr. Barbara Kazimbaya Senkwe, Africa Coordinator, USAID WASH-FIN

Submit your answers to our Participants` Survey - we will have a look at the results before the Panel discussion
-1 Have you already engaged in a sanitation-focused peer-exchange (WOP or SWOP)?
-2 How familiar are you with the City-wide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) framework?
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Introductory presentation on urban sanitation

Bisi Agberemi, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist, UNICEF

Utilities using CWIS as drivers to achieve SDGs on sanitation

Dennis Mwanza, Senior WASH Advisor, RTI

The sanitation value chain from utilities` perspective
Cesar Augusto Rissoli, Technical-Social Project Manager, Companhia de Saneamento Ambiental do Distrito Federal (CAESB), Brazil
Mouhamadou Gueye, Program Director & Yaouba Baldé, Chef de Département des Études - both Office National de l’Assainissement du Sénégal (ONAS), Senegal
Aasim Mansuri, Senior Program Lead, Center for Water and Sanitation (CWAS), CRDF, CEPT University, India

SWOP it! Building utilities` capacity to meet the sanitation challenge through peer-learning

Mohammad Homeidan, Process Engineer, Nablus Municipality-Nablus WWTP Palestine & Lucatina Ercolano, Hamburg Wasser, Germany
Mwansa Nachula Mukuka, Sanitation Specialist, Lusaka Water and Sanitation Company (LWSC), Zambia

Panel Discussion: What are the enabling conditions for utilities to make inclusive sanitation a reality and how can the SWOPs support it?

Wrap up & Closing