The Director of the UN Sanitation and Hygiene Fund (SHF), Dominic O’Neill, has said that Africa’s sanitation needs offer a real investment option.
This newly created UN fund must be based on concrete statistics in the field of sanitation. Indeed, 46% of the world’s population does not have access to safely managed, climate-resilient sanitation services. The unavailability of safe sanitation facilities has a greater impact on women and girls so they find themselves victims of sexual violence as a result of this problem.
This lack is an opportunity to increase investment in the sanitation sector and especially climate and gender-sensitive investments. The UN official continued. The current approach in this field is to rely on organizations and support programs to build the necessary facilities. An approach that is not sustainable.
The approach promoted by the SHF is profitable to investors in the long term and has a significant impact on gender equity and climate resilience. It is similar to off-grid energy systems, where investors take responsibility for building and maintaining facilities in return for a fee paid by the user, and in the event of non-payment access is reduced.