Africa civil society

Zambia NGO WASH Forum respond to government directive for commercial utilities to maintain water supply during COVID-19 outbreak

Zambia has been identified as one of the top 18 risk African countries most vulnerable to the fast spreading virus and has recorded 48 confirmed cases and 2 deaths. Good hygiene and safe water are the first line of defence against COVID-19 and other highly contagious diseases yet many Zambians still do not have access to water in their homes, schools or health centres to protect themselves from the spread of disease. While there is no known cure for the virus, the most effective and easiest way to prevent the virus from spreading includes frequent hand washing with soap and water, good hygiene and social distancing.

Zimbabwean youth organisations defend their right to water

To commemorate International Human Rights Day, NAYO Zimbabwe, in partnership with youth and civil society organisations, launched a campaign on the Right to Water that will see youth defending people’s rights to water. #ClaimYourWaterRights is a mass mobilisation campaign that aims to awaken people to the injustice of their situation and spur them to claim their human rights to safe water and sanitation.

Governments must regain control of the water sector

While some countries have learnt the bitter lesson of privatisation and taken measures to renationalise water sectors, others still fall prey to the lure of private companies. Governments that have regained control of their water sector must increase their efforts to ensure continuous access to safe water for all irrespective of gender, age, disability, social status and geographical location.

Kenya’s Civil Society Could Use Their New Law to Deliver Safe Water to the Bottom Seven Percent

In November 2017, I was invited to a meeting organised by KEWASNET, a coalition which is a member of End Water Poverty, to discuss Kenya’s WASH CSO advocacy strategy based on the 2016 Kenya Water Act.

Kenyan CSOs were excited about this news; at the same time they were cautious about some aspects of it. This is the situation with most laws written through consultative processes when many interest groups lobby for their constituents.