Agenda for Change members working on systems approaches
CARE began working in Côte d’Ivoire in 2000. CARE CIV focuses on regions that lack access to basic services by implementing projects that address urban and rural sanitation, rehabilitation and social cohesion. Specifically, CARE focuses on sanitation system strengthening in informal settlements and low-income areas of cities.
The Center for Water Security and Cooperation’s (CWSC) RENEWAL initiative aims to accelerate the achievement of water security in Africa by creating the first pan-African water rights platform. Côte d’Ivoire is one of the five countries targeted by the RENEWAL project.
Systems strengthening activities
CARE’s work in Côte d’Ivoire focuses on inadequate sanitation and health outcomes for urban populations. CARE works with the government, communities and the private sector through two main projects called Promotion of Access to Toilets and Job Creation through Fecal Sludge Reuse (PATER) and Community Sanitation Support System (CSSS) in the cities of Katiola and Bouaké in the Katiola Department. CARE’s projects support the technical, managerial and supervisory capacity of the government and the water and sanitation authority, while developing sanitation enterprises to improve access to safe and affordable on-site domestic sanitation, fecal sludge and household waste management services.
Through the RENEWAL (Research and Evaluation of Nexuses of the Exploitation of Water in African Law) initiative, CWSC is creating the first pan-African water law platform to empower countries to achieve the SDGs, sustainably manage their water resources, and provide safe and affordable water and sanitation services to all people. The platform seeks to develop a catalog of all water laws through 10 critical links from the national to local level. The initiative aims to analyze the laws to understand how they act to protect and manage water resources, and seeks to define the strengths, weaknesses and gaps in the laws to develop ways to improve and cohesive them.
Entities of the Central Government
Water and sanitation authorities, Ministry of Economy and Finance, sanitation and waste management technical services (ONAD/ANAGED)
Cities of Katiola and Bouaké, Municipalities
Le Programme Africain pour le Développement Economique et Social (PADES), European Union, African Development Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Grand Challenge Foundation, Union des Villes et Communes de Côte d’Ivoire (UVICOCI)
How strong are the systems?
To determine how well systems are working, we rely on data derived from Building Blocks, which are manageable ‘sub-systems’ that can be supported and strengthened. Certain building blocks may be more strongly developed or applied at district or national level. Interactions between building blocks are essential.