ACCESS TO WATER IN AFRICA: LOOKING FOR FLUID SOLUTIONS

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The annual international SID conference will be held on Friday, 14 September 2012. Using examples from practice, prominent speakers like Ebrima Sall (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa) and Olinda Sousa (Agency of Water and Sanitation Infrastructures, Mozambique) will be at the Glazen Zaal in The Hague to discuss the role of the state, the private sector and other actors involved in seeing to the supply of drinking water in Africa. Dutch Secretary of State Ben Knapen will highlight the importance of public-private partnerships in Dutch foreign policy.
 
No life without water. Access to healthy drinking water for everybody is crucial for development. Often, the state alone cannot guarantee that this precondition is met and cooperates with trade and industry. The role of the state is shifting from service provider to facilitator. What is the leverage effect of the state in this context? What is the impact of this changing role on the responsibility of the state in providing public goods to citizens, in particular in sub-Saharan Africa? What are the challenges in the event of public-private partnerships in the supply of drinking water? Is there a role for other actors as well?
These are only some of the questions that will be addressed at the closing conference of the series of SID presentations on the theme ‘The State in a Globalizing World: Problematic yet Indispensable’.

The conference is organised by SID NL in collaboration with the Dutch National Commission for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development (NCDO) , the Afrika Studiecentrum (African Studies Centre), Vitens Evides International and the Worldconnectors. For the detailed programme, see http://www.sid-nl.org.