During three successful World Water Week 2021 sessions, government leaders shared how they have helped shape the Citywide Inclusive Sanitation Services Assessment and Planning (CWIS SAP) platform to inform the designing and monitoring of city service plans for equitable, safe, and inclusive sanitation.
On August 24, representatives from the various organisations behind CWIS SAP provided an in-depth demonstration of the platform, and attendees heard firsthand from the Kampala Capital City Authority and Uganda’s Water Utility Regulation Department on how they are using the CWIS SAP to inform their service provision and regulation mandates. During the session, Mwansa Nachula Mukuka of Zambia’s Lusaka Water Supply and Sanitation Company emphasized the importance of integrated national data systems (like Lusaka Sanitation Systems) and the establishment of mandates and accountability to enable effective investments in and use of tools such as CWIS SAP to plan and evaluate sanitation service improvements.
Later on August 24, the “Using Data to Build Resilient Urban Sanitation and Waste Management” session brought Athena Infonomics’ Co-founder and Director Deepa Karthykeyan together with Mwansa Nachula Mukuka, a Sanitation Specialist for the Lusaka Water Supply and Sanitation Company, to discuss how CWIS SAP integrates into the larger context of Zambia’s digital water data ecosystem. During the session, Jude Zziwa Byansi of the Kampala Capital City Authority shared the need to go beyond “infrastructure plans” to more holistic “service delivery plans,” with insights on how CWIS SAP has helped the organisation to think about service-model innovation that can be implemented to shift service levels at a city scale, even if infrastructure funding is scarce. Click here to view the session.
And finally, during the August 26 “Catalysing Sustainable Futures for Sanitation? Innovative Financing and Planning Tools” session, Athena Infonomics’ Mithra Vasudevan and Richard Cheruiyot of Kenya’s Water Services Regulatory Board discussed how they are using CWIS SAP to assess and advocate for new technologies and business models, such as container-based sanitation. During the session, Richard Cheruiyot, the Director of Monitoring and Enforcement at Kenya’s Water Services Regulatory Board, spoke of the need for coherent service delivery models. Click here to view the session.
To learn more about the CWIS SAP platform, visit www.cwisplanning.com.