WSUP and ESAWAS renew partnership to enhance water and sanitation sustainability in Africa

Themes: Regulation Utilities
Countries: Zambia

Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) and the Eastern and Southern Africa Water and Sanitation Regulators Association (ESAWAS) have renewed their partnership to enhance the sustainability of water and sanitation utility operations in an effective regulatory environment for the next three years.

The two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate around programmes and strategy. This renewed partnership underscores the shared commitment of both organisations to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6), which is to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Building on their successful collaboration since 2018, WSUP and ESAWAS will expand their focus on:

  • Strengthening regulatory frameworks: Working together to develop and implement effective regulatory frameworks incentivising sustainable water and sanitation service delivery, particularly for vulnerable populations.
  • Building regulatory capacity: Providing targeted training and support to regulators, utilities, and other stakeholders to improve their skills and knowledge in key areas such as tariff setting, service monitoring, and financial management.
  • Fostering innovation and knowledge sharing: Collaborating on research, joint publications, and knowledge-sharing platforms to disseminate best practices and lessons learned across the region.
  • Advocating for pro-poor WASH policies: Jointly advocating for policies and investments that prioritise the needs of low-income communities and ensure equitable access to water and sanitation services.

WSUP’s’ Regional Policy and Regulatory Lead Eng. Reuben Siphuma said that the signed MoU reflects the commitment of both organisations to collaborate towards accelerating the provision of universal access to sustainable water and sanitation services in Eastern and Southern Africa.

“At WSUP, we believe that advocating for improved policies and regulations directly impacts providing better services for the poor and the environment. Our renewed partnership with ESAWAS underscores our commitment to developing sustainable and robust water and sanitation utilities within effective regulatory frameworks. By working together, we can accelerate progress towards achieving universal access to safe water and sanitation services in Africa,” said Eng. Siphuma.

ESAWAS Executive Secretary Ms. Yvonne Magawa noted that the two organisations would seek to foster stronger relationships with regulators and utilities in the countries where WSUP and ESAWAS operate and advocate for adapting the Citywide Inclusive Urban Sanitation approach.

“As an association of regulators, ESAWAS strongly emphasises inclusive and universal access to WSS services for all. This enshrines the promotion of equity in service provision, particularly for poor, marginalised and vulnerable communities. Working with WSUP has been instrumental in enhancing pro-poor approaches through regulation. Our continued collaboration will strengthen the implementation of evidence-based initiatives with practical relevance to service providers and consumers that can transform WSS service provision for all through enhanced and more effective regulation,” said Ms. Magawa.

This renewed partnership aligns with WSUP’s vision of transforming cities to benefit everyone, especially the millions lacking access to water and sanitation. It also supports ESAWAS’s mission to facilitate information sharing, capacity building, and regional regulatory cooperation to improve the effectiveness of water and sanitation regulation in Eastern and Southern Africa.