Africa Water and Sanitation Local Authorities Network
  • Africa has 9% of global freshwater resources, but 15% of the global population.
  • 26% of Africa's population (244 million) has a piped water connection on their premises.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for over a third of the world's 884 million people who still do not get their drinking water from improved sources.
  • Almost 20% of Sub-Saharan Africa relies on a water source that is more than 30 minutes away from the household.

The Africa Water and Sanitation Local Authorities (AWASLA) Network

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The Africa Water and Sanitation Local Authorities (AWASLA) Network is an exciting new dynamic, interactive and dedicated pan-African network for African local governments and their associated institutions engaged in all aspects of the urban water cycle (water supply, sanitation, storm and wastewater management). AWASLA provides a unique platform enabling local governments to exchange knowledge and good practice, consider emerging challenges and innovations and explore collaborative action. All towards seeking a paradigm shift for more sustainable, resilient and equitable urban water and sanitation practices in Africa.

AWASLA aims to:

  • Promote knowledge exchange
  • Enhance capacity
  • Empower Advocacy 

AWASLA is open to all local and sub-national governments, and their associations in Africa, committed to achieving more sustainable and effective urban water and sanitation management practices in African cities.

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“Africa is a rapidly urbanising continent. This presents the continent with enormous challenges among which include provision of adequate basic services such as water to the growing populace. However, cities and urban regions within the continent harbour great potential to lead and be innovative in planning for resilient and sustainable water service provision into the future.”- Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General, UCLGA
 
 
 

African cities are growing at 3.9% annually, the highest in the world, and existing water management systems cannot keep up with the growing demand. Demands are expected to quadruple over the next 25 years. Concerted efforts are needed by decision-makers to find innovative solutions in order to address the existing backlog in respect to water and sanitation services whilst extending their infrastructure to serve new developments.

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  • AfriAlliance and VIA Water sign MoU to increase cooperation
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    Breaking news from the AfriAlliance project, which ICLEI Africa is proud to be a partner in, connecting networks on water and climate change. Today, AfriAlliance and VIA Water met to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU signals a commitment by both initiatives to increased collaboration on innovation in the African water sector. AfriAlliance and VIA Water are pleased to release the following joint news item.

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    Today, AfriAlliance and VIA Water met to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU signals a commitment by both initiatives to increased collaboration on innovation in the African water sector. AfriAlliance and VIA Water are pleased to release the following joint news item.

    Africa is one of the regions most in need of innovative solutions for water problems. The water sector is facing enormous challenges due to climate change and population growth. However, a lack of water-related skills and institutional fragmentation are a major obstacle in Africa to address these challenges. AfriAlliance and VIA Water both are knowledge platforms promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing to generate concerted action for water innovation.    

    The major thrust of the newly signed MoU is to promote mutually beneficial cooperation between AfriAlliance and VIA Water in the field of water innovation in Africa. To achieve the MoU’s objectives, both initiatives agreed to disseminate each other’s outputs, to share mutually beneficial contacts and information, and to contribute to or participate in each other’s events.

    The signing ceremony included AfriAlliance project director Dr. Uta Wehn and VIA Water programme manager Ms. Titia Wouters. The MoU represents an important milestone in the relationship between the two initiatives, which are both hosted by the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. 

    Ms. Titia Wouters: “Although we operate at different scales, VIA Water and AfriAlliance share many common goals and ambitions and we look forward to working together for the benefit of the African water sector."

    Dr. Uta Wehn: “I look forward to a fruitful relationship whereby AfriAlliance can offer the VIA Water innovators the opportunity to showcase their innovation at one of our Innovation Bridge or Road Show events.”

    Find out more about VIA Water: www.viawater.nl. Or connect with them on Facebook and Twitter!

     

  • African Utility Week in Cape Town
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    African Utility Week in Cape Town to showcase home-grown solutions as well as business opportunities in continent’s energy & water market

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    African Utility Week in Cape Town to showcase home-grown solutions as well as business opportunities in continent’s energy & water market

    The award-winning African Utility Week, taking place from 16-18 May in Cape Town, will showcase how the continent is coming up with innovative, home-grown solutions to its energy and water challenges and how these are creating exciting and lucrative opportunities for utilities and industry suppliers alike.

    Experts from respected partners in the industry such as the World Bank, KPMG, Power Africa, Huawei, GE, Shell, SAP and leading African utilities will head up the more than 7000 power and water professionals from more than 80 countries, including 30 African nations, who will gather for African Utility Week. But this year also kick-starts a specific focus on a new trend in the industry: namely smaller, community scale off-grid projects that are starting to make a real difference in the development of the continent.

    Cleaner, more affordable energy generation options
    “The power and energy landscape in Africa is undergoing significant change” says Evan Schiff, African Utility Week event director, adding that current trends include “the availability of private investment for power and energy projects, the fast development of energy storage, renewable energy is becoming cheaper, gas that is an increasingly attractive  mode of power generation in Africa, and that in the next 10 years, nuclear will become an increasingly important mode of base-load power generation.”

    The investment, trade and development opportunities in the sub-Saharan African electricity sector are estimated at $835 billion of capital investment, $490 billion for generation capacity and $345 billion for infrastructure. 

    Community scale projects are another important emerging trend in the sector. “Utility-scale developments are decreasing,” says Ahmed Jaffer, Chairman of KPMG in South Africa and the Head of Power and Utilities, “while we see a lot more of community-sized generation projects. Businesses and communities are also showing interest in becoming less dependent on the national grids. In rural Africa, especially, the economics of expanding the national grids do not make sense; hence there is a significant trend towards mini-grids and other off-grid solutions.” 

    Speaker highlights at African Utility Week include:
    •    Lionel Zinsou, Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Benin, member of the West African Energy Leaders Group and investment banker. 
    •    Matshela Koko, Acting CEO, Eskom, South Africa.
    •    Lazarus Angbazo, President and CEO of GE Energy Connections SSA. 
    •    James Stewart, Global Head of Major Projects (Power and Utilities), KPMG. 
    •    Bob Lockhart, Vice President of Cyber Security of the Utilities Technology Council.
    •    Subha Nagarajan, Managing Director for Africa, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), USA. 
    •    Ambassador Tebogo Seokolo, Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
    •    Lucio Monari, Sector Manager for Africa Energy Group, World Bank.

    Real world doers share their expertise
    The 17th annual African Utility Week is the leading conference and trade exhibition for African power, energy and water professionals who will have the opportunity to meet over 300 suppliers of services and technology to the industry. The expo includes a record number of country pavilions, including from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, South Africa, China, Czech Republic, Taiwan and India. Along with multiple side events and numerous networking functions the event also boasts a five track conference with over 300 expert speakers.

    The conference programme will once again address the latest challenges, developments and opportunities in the power and water sectors: ranging from generation, T&D, metering, technology and water. 

    The African Utility Week expo offers an extensive technical workshop programme that are CPD accredited, free to attend, hands-on presentations that take place in defined spaces on the exhibition floor. They discuss practical, day-to-day technical topics, best practices and product solutions that businesses, large power users and utilities can implement in their daily operations.

    Industry support
    Apart from KPMG’s diamond sponsorship, industry stalwarts EPG, GE, Huawei, Landis+Gyr, Lucy Electric, Ontec and Shell are platinum sponsors while Aberdare Cables, Conlog, Oracle Utilities, SAP, SBS Tanks and Vodacom have already confirmed their gold sponsorships.


    Dates for African Utility Week and Energy Revolution Africa:
    Conference and expo: 16-18 May 2017
    Awards gala dinner:  17 May 2016
    Site visits: 19 May 2016
    Location: CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa

    Interviews with expert speakers: http://www.african-utility-week.com/expertinterviews 
    Website: http://www.african-utility-week.com    
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AfricaUtilities #AUW2017   
    Linkedin: African Power Forum

  • Genius of SPACE (Systems for People’s Access to a Clean Environment) Project, Langrug, Franschhoek, South Africa
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    Decreasing Berg River water pollution and reducing solid waste pollution are the main goals for the Genius of SPACE Project in the Langrug informal settlement near Franschhoek. The project is an initiative of the Western Cape Government Departments of Human Settlements, Economic Opportunities and Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. The project aims to uplift and improve the area’s socio-economic development, through the provision of a cleaner environment and more dignified conditions for the members of the community, with the support of Stellenbosch Municipality.

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    Genius of SPACE (Systems for People’s Access to a Clean Environment) Project, Langrug, Franschhoek, South Africa

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    Decreasing Berg River water pollution and reducing solid waste pollution are the main goals for the Genius of SPACE Project in the Langrug informal settlement near Franschhoek. The project is an initiative of the Western Cape Government Departments of Human Settlements, Economic Opportunities and Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. The project aims to uplift and improve the area’s socio-economic development, through the provision of a cleaner environment and more dignified conditions for the members of the community, with the support of Stellenbosch Municipality. 

    The lack of sufficient basic infrastructure services (such as water, electricity and piped sanitation) causes residents to be exposed to contaminated domestic grey water. This greywater comes from household cooking, washing, bathing and also sewage which flows in the streets and the environment of the settlement. The contamination of stormwater poses a significant risk to the Berg River, with potential to seriously impact on health risks to the human and other residents of the surrounding ecosystem. 

    After the first phase of scoping for how biomimicry could be applied to the Berg River Improvement Plan, the project then focussed on developing a dynamic model for the upgrading of informal settlements, using biomimicry methodology. The context had to be understood and the key issues of water, wastewater, stormwater and solid waste management were explored by the team. This took place through site visits and direct engagement with the community. Then the team started to design solutions such as living drainage channels for stormwater, interconnected tree gardens and wetlands for sub-surface greywater treatment, and the use of ecomachines (ecological water systems containing all 5 kingdoms of organisms) for treating stormwater. 

    After the design phase which lasted between 2013 and 2015, the implementation phase started in September 2015. Construction of the greywater prototype began in January 2016. The aim is to learn as much as possible in the operation and implementation phases. Learning by doing is an important part of the project, given the innovative approach being adopted. This learning includes monitoring and research by postgraduate students of Stellenbosch University (funded by the Department of Science & Technology and the Water Research Commission). 

    Besides co-designing and implementing social, technical and green infrastructure, the project focuses on the goals of engaging the community, providing an opportunity for high impact investment, infrastructure innovation, reduction of source pollution, improvement of health, development of ongoing community micro-enterprises and providing research opportunities. 

     It is the objective and intention of the project to be able to demonstrate the benefits and opportunities for green infrastructure to increase environmental protection, improve liveability of settlements and begin to address the need for greater resilience capacity in further urban development upgrades and planning. The consultant team of the project consists of the following companies and organisations: 

    • BiomimicrySA
    • Greenhouse Systems Development
    • In/formal South (now called Actuality)
    • Isidima Design and Development
    • Maluti GSM
    • WaterLove Projects
    • CORC; and
    • John Todd Ecological Design

     

  • AfriAlliance Action Groups Online Survey - Have your say!
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    The AfriAlliance project (Network of European and African networks on water and climate) will launch this summer a call for nominations for working groups ("Action Groups") on 5 themes: · Integrated management of water resources, · Food security / agriculture, · Development of human resource capacity, · Adaptation / mitigation of climate change, · Data collection To prepare for this call, we have released an online survey to better understand the barriers and opportunities. Online survey closed Sunday, July 3, please participate and have your say!

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    Objet : URGENT: AfriAlliance Questionnaire

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     Dear Madam, Dear Sir,

    The AfriAlliance project (Network of European and African networks on water and climate) will launch this summer a call for nominations for working groups ("Action Groups") on 5 themes:

     · Integrated management of water resources,

    · Food security / agriculture,

    · Development of human resource capacity,

    · Adaptation / mitigation of climate change,

    · Data collection for monitoring, analysis and forecasting of water resources and climate.

    To prepare for this call, we would first understand the motivations and barriers that lead people to decide whether to participate in a working group. To this end, we invite you to complete a short questionnaire and disseminate it to your contacts and on your social media accounts (e.g. LinkedIn, Viadeo): goo.gl/p2MLxx

    This questionnaire will be available for only one week, from Monday, June 27 until Sunday, July 3, and fill it takes about 10 minutes.

    Please note that the answers will be used for research purposes only. They will be used anonymously, without identifying the authors.

    Thanks for your attention and have a good day.

    Regards,

    AWASLA Secretariat 

     

     Madame, Monsieur,

     Le projet AfriAlliance (réseau des réseaux européens et africains sur l’eau et le climat) lancera cet été un appel à candidatures pour des groupes de travail (« Action Groups ») sur 5 thématiques :

      · Gestion intégrée des ressources en eau,

     · Sécurité alimentaire / Agriculture,

     · Développement des capacités des ressources humaines,

     · Adaptation aux/atténuation des changements climatiques,

     · Collecte des données de surveillance, prévision et analyse des ressources en eau et du climat.

     Afin de préparer cet appel, nous souhaitons au préalable comprendre les motivations et les obstacles qui amènent des gens à décider de participer ou non à un groupe de travail. A cet effet, nous vous invitons à remplir un bref questionnaire (en anglais) et à le diffuser auprès de vos contacts et sur vos comptes de réseaux professionnels (e.g. LinkedIn, Viadeo) : goo.gl/p2MLxx

     Le questionnaire sera accessible pendant seulement une semaine, du Lundi 27 Juin jusqu’au Dimanche 3 Juillet, et le remplir prend environ 10 minutes.

     Veuillez noter que les réponses seront utilisées à des fins de recherche uniquement. Elles seront utilisées de manière anonyme, sans en identifier les auteurs.

     Je vous remercie de votre attention et dans l’attente de votre réponse, je vous souhaite une bonne journée !

     Bien cordialement,

    AWASLA Secretariat

  • LOCS4Africa 2017: Water & Climate Congress - Save the Date
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    The Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LOCS4Africa) Congress series is Africa’s leading platform on local climate action for cities and other sub-national governments across the Continent. It connects business and industry, investors, scientists, technical experts, development partners, national governments and civil society with Africa’s cities and urban networks. LOCS4Africa offers opportunity for direct engagement and strategic discussions around current local solutions and emerging trends relating to urban resilience and low-carbon development in Africa.

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    SAVE THE DATE: 20-23 March 2017, South Africa

    The Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LOCS4Africa) Congress series is Africa’s leading platform on local climate action for cities and other sub-national governments across the Continent. 

    It connects business and industry, investors, scientists, technical experts, development partners, national governments and civil society with Africa’s cities and urban networks. LOCS4Africa offers opportunity for direct engagement and strategic discussions around current local solutions and emerging trends relating to urban resilience and low-carbon development in Africa. 

    It is a well-established pan-African bi-annual congress, each with a strategic theme critical to urban sustainable development, in line with emerging global trends. The congress places strong emphasis on local leadership and innovative approaches to sustainable development in Africa’s urban context. 
    Focus on Cities: Water & Climate

    LOCS4Africa 2017 will explore critical links between climate change and urban water and sanitation in Africa’s cities. Globally, only 2% of our planets’ water is freshwater, which is fundamental to both human and urban development. 
    Water is THE critical challenge for many of our local governments. African cities, as diverse as large metro’s to small towns, are increasingly experiencing challenges of water security, drought and flooding. As such, there has never been a more relevant time for a pan-African congress to move “from dialogue to action” providing on the ground solutions, unpacking emerging trends and unlocking financial mechanisms.

    LOCS4Africa will:

    • Connect Africa’s cities with local to global water and climate solutions
    • Reimagine development within a rapidly urbanizing landscape 
    • Unpack water and climate opportunities for African cities arising from the Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals 

    Contact Us

    Email: tarryn.quayle@iclei.org or thea.buckle@iclei.org 
    Tel: +27 (021) 202 0403

    Download the Save the Date here.

  • ICLEI Africa is hiring!
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    Professional Officer: Urban Development - Policy and Governance (initial 2-year contract position). ICLEI Africa seeks to hire an urban development expert to join our dynamic team of professionals in the fields of urban sustainability. Closing date is 21st April 2016.

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    ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability is a global association of over 1000 cities and other sub-national government members who are committed to sustainable development. We provide technical services, capacity building and cutting- edge urban solutions to our member cities. ICLEI’s African Head Office is based in Cape Town, serving Members across Sub-Saharan Africa. (www.iclei.org)

    ICLEI Africa invites suitably qualified individuals to apply for the position below, for appointment as soon as possible, for appointment by 1 June 2016:

    Professional Officer: Urban Development - Policy and Governance (initial 2-year contract position)
    ICLEI Africa seeks to hire an urban development expert to join our dynamic team of professionals in the fields of urban sustainability. The individual must have a strong background and keen interest in urban policy development and implementation in Africa coupled with proven relevant experience in:

    (a) Development, implementation and mainstreaming of urban sustainability policy, strategy and action plans related to one or more of the following fields:

    water and sanitation • planning • biodiversity and ecosystem services • transport • inclusive economic development • sustainable urban infrastructure • energy and climate change • financing for development • resource economics

    (b) Project design, implementation and management with proven experience of working in, and leading, multi-disciplinary project teams

    (c) Business development, finance mechanisms and strategic partnerships
    Requirements:

    • A Relevant Master’s degree, or equivalent recognized qualification
    • Minimum of 5 years relevant post-graduate working experience, at least 3 of which at project management level
    • Exceptional leadership, communication, writing, presentation & analytical skills
    • Valid code B driver’s license
    • South African resident/ valid work permit
    • Must have a passion for, and willingness to, travel extensively locally and internationally
    • Knowledge of the African geo-political context
    • Proficiency in French, Swahili or another African language will be an added advantage

    Please forward a comprehensive CV and covering (motivating) letter, including a certified copy of your ID to Peter Tyldesley (peter.tyldesley@iclei.org) by 16h00 on the 21st of April 2016. Please provide proof of current employment, remuneration package, available starting date and three references in your application. No late applications will be considered. 

    A market-related and competitive annual remuneration package (TCOE based) will be offered to successful candidates, taking into consideration qualifications and experience.

    Kindly note: Applicants who have not been contacted within 60 working days after the closing date this advertisement, should regard their applications as unsuccessful.

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