In continuation of the WinS International Learning Exchange (ILE) series, initiated by GIZ and UNICEF in 2012, the 1st African WinS ILE was hosted by the Ministry of National Education and Literacy of Côte d’Ivoire and brought together Government
representatives from 20 African countries and their key WASH in Schools partners (Development partners, NGOs and INGOs) from a total of 26 African countries – East and Southern Africa and West and Central Africa – with invited global partners from
Asia, Europe, North America and the Pacific. Global data on WinS from the JMP was presented as well as UNICEFs new strategic directions for WinS. Participants had the opportunity to learn from experiences in Asia (South-South learning exchange), visit
schools and experience WinS in action in Côte d Ivoire. In small groups of 3 countries, government representatives were able to present current WinS challenges and seek advise from their peers in other countries. The last day of the event was dedicated
for country representatives to plan the way forward towards reaching the SDGs for WinS (under SDG 4 and 6) and to discuss recommendations on the way forward for WinS in Africa.
This document represents consensus among all participants on key areas to accelerate action on WinS in order to achieve universal WinS coverage with at least basic WinS services by 2030 as agreed by all UN member states in the SDGs.
The outcome document of the conference is attached below (French Version will be uploaded soon). You may also download all materials used during the conference HERE.
All participants thank the Government and the Ministry of National Education and Literacy of Côte d’Ivoire for hosting the event and for providing the opportunity to exchange and learn.