While the world is progressing towards SDG6, Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region where number of people without access to water, sanitation and hygiene(WASH) is increasing.
In the last two decades, 37 million more people in Sub-Saharan Africa are without basic water supply, and 247 million more are without basic sanitation. Despite all efforts being made, these gaps are growing.
The implications of limited access to basic WSS and a strategy to move away from business as usual in the sector were discussed at previous events, such as the UN (United Nations) Water Conference in March 2023 and the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings in April 2023.
During these high-level events, the African Ministers of Water and of Finance already embraced a strategy of “Systems Change” as a pathway to universal WASH access and committed to establishing and monitoring regional and country platforms to track progress.