The second regional workshop in Francophone Africa was held from 12 to 15 October 2015 in Sokode, Togo. It was an opportunity for all projects of the group to come together to share experiences, learn from each other and improve the quality of their interventions. Through presentations, movies, group work and a field visit, 26 participants from 6 different countries (Mali, Niger, Togo, Benin, Madagascar, Switzerland) have shared their experiences and knowledge.
The overall objective of the meeting was to promote knowledge sharing. The specific objectives were to:
- Share best practices and lessons learned in order to improve the implementation of projects and scale up successful approaches.
- Address specific topics, technical issues and challenges faced by projects and find appropriate solutions.
- Plan joint activities (training courses, workshops, publications, etc.) including advocacy and the development of political dialogue.
- Present, discuss and improve the expertise on the Consortium procedures and tools.
The "Poster Session" allowed each project to present the approaches, results, lessons learned and good practices. Experiences with innovative approaches and technologies such as the ecological garden, the involvement of private investors in the management of water networks, sanitation marketing and the adaptation of pastoral wells were shared.
During the activity "Advice Market / World Café", the project teams addressed problems like "How to maintain a village open defecation free (ODF)?" or "How to sustain the "Wata" equipment functional and how to promote the use of chlorine?". Among others, the establishments of water committees and trainings for motivated technicians were discussed.
The field visit allowed the participants to get to know the work done by the Red Cross and on the last day, the participants reflected on the future collaboration between the project teams. Exchange visits were planed and a road map for the next year was developed.