Ranjiv Khush, E.D. & Co-founder, and Annette Fay, West Africa Consultant, recently attended the 5th AMCOW African Water Week in Dakar. The Africa Water Week (AWW) is convened by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) in conjunction with the African Union Commission (AUC) and organized with other development partners. It is held biennially in order to build momentum on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) water and sanitation targets by 2015, and the 2025 Africa Water Vision. The focus of the week was ‘Placing Water at the Heart of the Post-2015 Development Agenda’ which the organizers further divided into the following sub-themes:
The schedule was packed with morning plenary sessions, morning and afternoon technical sessions, side events and an exhibition. It also included forums for water-related businesses and civil society organizations. There were over 1000 participants present from governments, regional institutions, international partners, the private sector, the scientific community, civil society, and international media. The week ended with AMCOW’s ninth General Assembly of the Ministers Responsible for Water in Africa, featuring Senegalese President Macky Sall and Liberian President Johnson-Sirleaf.
With the goal of this fifth African Water Week being to deliberate the level of importance water and sanitation should be given post-2015, Aquaya was pleased to see the attention given to Water Quality in the third sub-theme and several related presentations. Our Monitoring for Safe Water Program (MfSW) was featured in our partner the Senegalese National Hygiene Service’s presentation on ‘Monitoring Groundwater Quality in Urban Senegal’ for the increased frequency of water quality testing they are witnessing. Following the ninth General Assembly, AMCOW released the Dakar Declaration, which highlights the need to prioritize water security and sanitation in the post-2015 development agenda.