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Africa Rural Sanitation Sharing and Learning Workshop. AfricaSan5 Conference.

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On Sunday 17th of February the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Knowledge Hub hosted an Africa Rural Sanitation Sharing and Learning Workshop prior to the start of the AfricaSan 5 Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Over seventy practitioners, coming from SNV, UNICEF, WaterAid, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and different government levels attended the workshop with the aim of sharing experiences, challenges and ways forward in regards to financial commitments, equity and inclusion and context-specific programming in Africa´s rural sanitation and hygiene. The short report presents main takeaways from the workshop and future priorities as identified by the participants.

Three focus areas emereged from the workshop and the following statements were produced by the participants with the aim of feeding the AfricaSan5 Conference deliverables with some of the workshop's key learning:

Resource Mobilisation: "Commitments should be home-made and local governments and implementing agencies suitably capacitated to achieve and hold accountable via a results based funding mechanism."

Equity and Inclusion: "We recognise that there has been progressive realisation of the implementation of the Ngor declaration No.1 on inequalities. Governments need to strengthen their capacities to identify, disaggregate data on inequalities, prioritise and strengthen the interventions to address the inequalities in partnership with relevant stakeholders."

Context-specific Programming: "We, development partners, are committed to strengthening national and local governments and other development actors´ capacity to capture lessons learned towards adaptive programming, and optimising resources for sustainable sanitation and hygiene, especially for the most marginalised populations."

Date: 8 March 2019