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Sanitation remains a great challenge of our time, especially in fast-growing cities of Africa and Asia. AFD invites you to the scientific workshop organized by the ParisTech Chair “SUEZ-General management of urban water and sanitation services” on March, 31st.
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According to the UN, “in 2015, 29 per cent of the global population lacked safely managed drinking water supplies, and 61 per cent were without safely managed sanitation services. » A lack of sanitation dramatically impairs public health, the environment, and development. Sanitation includes a chain of activities from private hygiene practices, to collection, treatment and disposal of wastes, either through a grid or non-grid system.

The UNs have for the first time set a specific target on sanitation with the 6th sustainable development goal. According to goal 6.2, all countries should “by 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations ». Sanitation is a particularly complex topic, since it involves a large number of actors, a diversity of technologies, expands in public and private spaces, and relies on individual / collective behaviours based on an intimate practice that is taboo and little flexible.

The 3rd scientific workshop held in 2016 organised by the ‘Water for All’ Chair concluded that barriers to sanitation are first of all institutional and organisational. This new concern regarding sanitation is shared by a number of actors involved, from either the research or operational realm. Institutions relate to both rules (legal rules, rights, norms, standards but also with a sociological stance, representations, customs, traditions, beliefs) and entities involved in the sector from macro (rules designers), meso (rules translators and regulation) and micro (operational) levels. Organisation relates to ways of providing the service.

The 4th scientific workshop will bring into light recent research and operational initiatives that may help to overcome these institutional and organisational barriers. How to build sanitation as a general interest service? How to overcome coordination issues due to multiplicity of technologies? How do researchers analyse institutional change? How do actors deal with institutional rules constraints? The event will provide another opportunity to develop links between managers, researchers and students engaged with sanitation issues.

The event will be in English/French and simultaneously translated.


Conferences are by invitation only. Places are limited and registrations are subject to validation by the organizing committee.

By registering for the conference, you agree that interviews, photos, audio and video recordings, as well as their uses, publications and reproductions, may be used by the organizers in articles and broadcasts on their websites and other non-commercial communication tools.

when ?
Tuesday 31 March 2020
8h30 – 19h30
where ?
AFD, Le Mistral, Paris

Location of the event

Le Mistral - AFD
3 Place Louis-Armand