Seminar presentation in Nairobi (from left): Marceline Nyambala, Water for People, and Fridah Njeru, SMEP Microfinance Bank.
Seminar presentation in Nairobi (from left): Marceline Nyambala, Water for People, and Fridah Njeru, SMEP Microfinance Bank.

The seminar, organized jointly by the SEI Africa and Stockholm offices, attracted the active participation of 45 representatives from a wide range of organizations, including UNEP, Sida, UN-Habitat, Unicef, Water for People, Plan International, Red Cross, local NGOs, business enterprises and universities.

The past, present and planned sustainable sanitation work of SEI was presented, followed by roundtable dialogues. These stakeholder dialogues examined the sanitation knowledge gaps in the region and identified the existing needs to progress towards sustainable sanitation in the region and what role SEI could play to facilitate an integrated sanitation development.

“This seminar was very valuable to learn more about how the sanitation community in Kenya is actively looking for innovative and sustainable solutions to the sanitation challenge,” said Madeleine Fogde , senior project manager at SEI. “I see the engagement and participation by such a wide range of stakeholders as a recognition of SEI as a long-term collaborator and knowledge provider on sustainable sanitation in the region.”

The results of these stakeholder interactions show that there is expressed interest for developing collaboration, where SEI has a potential role of supporting sustainable up-scaling of productive sanitation, an approach with potentials to address other development challenges such as food, energy and water scarcity. This can be further linked to the building of more resilient communities that can withstand climate impacts but also improved governance models that will provide equity and sustainable solutions in rural and urban areas in Africa.