World Africa Day, celebrated May 25th, reminds us that despite considerable progress in many domains, Africa lags behind in terms of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). This is especially true when it comes to goal number 7 “protecting the environment”, includes issues such as access to water and sanitation for all.
Despite its modest cost, goal 7 remains the poor relation of the Millennium Goals. In fact, the United Nation has estimated that to halve, by 2015, the percentage of people who still have no access to clean drinking water or to basic sanitation services, the necessary investment would total 10 billion dollars a year. These sums have not yet been collected. At 6 years from the 2015deadline, South Asia and all of sub-Saharan African are only halfway towards the goal and have made little progress since 2000, and even as far back as 1990 despite numerous and varied efforts.
This is why, from the start, the Fondation, alongside the African Bank for Development, has been committed to ensuring water and sanitation. The Fondation supports the Programme of reinforcing capacities for sustainable access to water and sanitation rural Mali. This exemplary project aims to master hygiene and sanitation in rural regions of Mali. To do so, it trains all the players involved in water related services, from those who maintain it to those who consume it. In just one year, several hundred hydrant men have been trained to manage wells and public restrooms.
For more information on the programme for access to water and sanitation of the Fondation Chirac, click here.
Furthermore, the Fondation Chirac has pleaded, since the conference Water for Peace and Peace for Water, (For more information on the Conference from November 13 2008) for the ratification of the United Nations’ Convention on the relative right of usage of international waters for other purposes than navigation, a guide for good behavior between neighbors. The Fondation supports, when possible, arrangements destined to develop transboundary basins communally with the participation of local inhabitants.