An International workshop on urban water and sanitation reform kicks off today in Kathmandu, Nepal, with four Nigerian water activists participating
Convened by WaterAid UK, the workhsop is aimed at improving civil society participation in water sector reform process in several countries including Nigeria.
Many urban water and sanitation utilities in developing are not able to deliver efficient service to consumers, and are often bedeviled by organisational, technical, financial, and commercial problems
A statement by WaterAid UK states the Nepal workshop will be focused on the role civil society organisations can play in improving urban water reform processes and programmes:
The pilot Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop provides an opportunity to improve CSO participation in reform processes. It will enable participants to:
- sharpen their advocacy and lobbying skills,
- improve understanding of new ways of establishing access to information
- improve knowledge and skills in using tools of engagement in monitoring utilities and influencing service delivery
- review or develop a strategy for facilitating CSO participation in reform in their country and
- Build their confidence to replicate the workshop module at country level.”
Urban water sector reform programmes are taking place in several states in Nigeria. The World Bank is financing urban water reform programmes in Lagos, Cross River, Enugu, Ogun, and Kaduna states; while the European Union is supporting reform programmes in Cross River, Anambra, Osun, Yobe, Kano, and Jigawa states.
The four participating groups are Anthony Akpan of the Pan African Vision for Environment, Iliya Yohanna of the CBD-NGO network, Festus Denis-Akano of the African Safe Water Foundation, and Babatope Babalobi of the Bread of Life Development Foundation