The Communications, Advocacy and Policy Opportunities and Outreach for Poop (CAPOOP) alliance, has launched an online collaborative platform aimed at sharing knowledge about water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) as well as enhancing expertise among water and sanitation experts in Africa.
CAPOOP, which is an alliance of organizations committed to achieving access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all by ending open defecation in Africa by 2030, says the newly launched online platform will allow its members and partners the opportunity to share resources and best practices, consolidate knowledge, and showcase innovative solutions to improve sanitation across the African continent.
“The platform will provide a series of tailor-made, user-friendly tools and resources to catalyze the work of key sanitation professionals and advocates working on fecal sludge management and non-sewered sanitation in Africa,” says a statement by CAPOOP.
Yacine Djibo, founder and executive director of Speak Up Africa, a Dakar-Senegal-based strategic communications and advocacy organization cum member of the CAPOOP alliance, noted that improving access to better sanitation and hygiene across the continent was one of Africa’s greatest challenges, “but we know that we are stronger when we work together,” said Djibo. “[Thus] through this new online platform, we will be able to share knowledge and expertise which will allow CAPOOP members to better understand the challenges and opportunities we have to improve sanitation across the continent.”
“It is great to see the WASH sector working together in such a collaborative way, and by sharing our resources and knowledge, we will only strengthen efforts to improve sanitation across Africa. As we roll out the new Africa Sanitation Policy Guidelines [ASPG], to improve sanitation across the continent, this new online tool will bolster our partnerships and find like-minded partners committed to supporting Africa’s sanitation journey,” says Executive Secretary of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) Dr. Canisius Kanangire.
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