Quarterly Update Jan-March 2011: BAMAKO, MALI

  • The first session of a community forum on the health impacts of improved hygiene for children took place in Commune III for all communities living on the right bank of the Niger river. It was hosted by the Mayor of Commune III and was attended by about 500 people from peri-urban quartiers of CI-CIV. The theme of the session was the treatment and good practice in the use of water in the home.  The majority were women and children from the outer quartiers of the commune.  An awareness session on the upcoming hygiene promotion programme was also held in CIII.
  • The locations of 10 further public water points to be constructed under ACF have been identified by the Commune in consultation with community leaders and formalities arranged to commence construction.
  • An idea to place registration plaques at tapstands has been progressed at the 2nd Project Steering Committee. Information will be displayed such as the name of the owner, the opening hours and the price that is charged for water. The purpose of the information boards would be to introduce some sort of order to the system and allow more transparency, particularly for customers of standpipes, boosting the accountability of providers.
  • Tariff reform discussions were held with a senior staff member of the water utility at Cranfield Universtiy in the UK whilst attending a residential course on ‘Managing and Financing Urban Water and Sanitation’, provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Support will continue to be provided to achieve a tariff that encourages pro-poor service expansion.

About Andy Narracott

Urban water and sanitation professional. Programme Coordinator for the USAID African Cities for the Future Programme.
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