March 2021

E-Learning series – Achieving safely managed water services in Africa

Join an engaging virtual event on achieving safely managed water services in Africa.

Thursday 18 March 2021

12:00-14:00 Accra | 15:00-17:00 Addis Ababa/Kampal


We’ve all committed to achieving universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all. A safely managed drinking water service is from an improved source that is located on premises, available when needed and free from contamination.

This special open and virtual event as part of the e-learning series of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and partners, is focused on the challenge of delivering safely-managed drinking water services in sub-Saharan Africa:

  1. What are actions and investments needed to accelerate provision of safely-managed water services?
  2. What can we learn from programmatic experience Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda, where Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s support is focused, to help further inform and accelerate the implementation of strategies and approaches for safely managed water services?

The event seeks to gather stakeholder perspectives on this challenge to inform implementation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Safe Water Strategy, and particularly the ambition of reaching at least 500k people with safely managed water services by 2025. It is convened with the support of IRC and Safe Water Strategy partners and open to all.

The agenda and speakers

Part 1: opening and scene-setting

  • Welcome by chairs: Juste Nansi, Country Director, IRC Burkina Faso and Patrick Moriarty, CEO, IRC
  • Opening remarks by Magdalene Matthews Ofori-Kuma, Senior Program Officer, Safe Water Initiative, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • A scene-setting presentation on the safely-managed water challenge in sub-Saharan Africa by Tom Slaymaker, WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene with short Q&A

Part 2: strategic and focused panel discussion

  • Short contributions from safely-managed thinkers and doers in service provision, government, African and global development agencies:
  • Paul Orengoh, Director of Programs, African Ministers’ Council on Water Catarina de Albuquerque, CEO, Sanitation and Water for All
  • Samuel Godfrey, Regional WASH Advisor, UNICEF ESARO
  • Bruce Gordon, Acting Coordinator. Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health. Department of Public Health and Environment, World Health Organisation
  • Ranjiv Khush, Executive Director, Aquaya Institute
  • Kelebogile Khunou, Researcher, Socio Economic Rights Institute of South Africa

Part 3: deep-dive groups focusing on Uganda, Ethiopia and Ghana with contributions from:

  • Jane Nabunnya Mulumba, Country Director, IRC Uganda
  • Eng Joseph Oriono Eyatu, Director of Water Development, Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda
  • Yaver Abidi, Managing Director, WSUP Advisory 
  • Tedla Mulatu, Country Director, Millennium Water Alliance 
  • Abiy Girma, OWNP, Ethiopia
  • Zinash Kefale, Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Specialist, WaterAid
  • Vida Duti, Country Director, IRC Ghana
  • Ing. Worlanyo Kwadjo Siabi, CEO, CWSA, Ghana
  • Ing. Harold Esseku, Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist, WB Ghana Country Office, World Bank

Part 4: closing

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