2009 - 2012
Accelerating City-to-City Exchange for Sustainable Sanitation
Short description: ACCESSanitation aims to promote and initiate local sustainable sanitation solutions in a total of ten cities in the Philippines and India thus improving health conditions, fostering the local economy and increasing food security. As well as benefiting the participating local authorities, the project will also increase awareness on the importance of sustainable sanitation for poverty alleviation among local stakeholders in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Project summary: The overall objective of ACCESSanitation is to develop local capacity to plan, design and implement sustainable sanitation systems and awareness raising campaigns. This will be initiated directly in ten selected cities in the Philippines and India, and indirectly in cities elsewhere in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Following a review of national policies and strategies on sanitation in the target countries, five cities in the Philippines and five in India will be selected to participate in the project. With the support of project partners and capacity building training courses, the cities will develop local sanitation action plans which will be evaluated for potential funding. If approved the participating local authorities will receive seed funds for initiating the implementation of the plans, thus creating tangible project outcomes. ACCESSanitation will also facilitate the south-south exchange of information on sustainable sanitation practices to other local governments in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa through a range of dissemination channels, workshops and a final conference. Overall project guidance and technical support for the development of the local sanitation action plans in the ten participating cities will be provided by an Advisory Board composed of selected experts from the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) and in particular from the working group on Sustainable Sanitation in Cities.