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AfricaSan 5 / FSM5

February 18-22, 2019

Cape Town, South Africa

Sanitation workers in Durban, South Africa.


Two of the world’s most influential sanitation conferences, AfricaSan and FSM, are joining forces to co-convene an unprecedented event in Cape Town. Through this partnership, conference attendees will have access to a unique synergistic program that combines the political will of AfricaSan along with the technical, practical, and academic expertise of the Fecal Sludge Management (FSM) Conference.

AfricaSan is the African Ministers' Council on Water’s (AMCOW) path-breaking initiative to promote the prioritization of sanitation and hygiene in Africa. Attended by Ministers and key agencies responsible for sanitation and water across the continent, the forum works to address the ongoing epidemic of a lack of access to safe sanitation and large-scale open defecation. Since its creation, AfricaSan has grown from a conference to a movement with a blend of political support, technical advance and knowledge exchange driving the momentum for improved sanitation in the continent.

Building on the success of the first four International FSM Conferences, the FSM conference strives to bring together professionals working in the sector, including utilities, service providers, cities, governments, academics, scientists, consultants, donors and industries, to support the global initiative of disseminating sustainable solutions for Fecal Sludge Management.

The World Bank Group will convene, co-convene and participate in several sessions at the Conference. You can also follow along via Twitter using #AfricaSan 5 and #FSM5.


Industry and Exhibition Track: Container Based Systems and Capacity Building


  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm; Meeting Room 2.4.1
  • Conveners: World Bank, CBS Alliance

Building Capacity and Financing Sanitation in Africa

Funding Urban Sanitation in Africa: The Role of the African Urban Sanitation Investment Fund and Other Mechanisms and Insights African Water Facility

  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • 10:30 am to 12:00 pm; Meeting Room 2.4.4
  • Conveners: African Development Bank, The World Bank

Hygiene and the SDGs: Leave No One Behind

Investing in Sanitation, Investing in People: Laying the Foundations for Human Capital in Africa


  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm; Meeting Room 1.4
  • Conveners: The World Bank, Africa AHEAD

Public Health Data in Sanitation Planning


  • Friday, February 22, 2019
  • 9:00 am to 12:30 pm 
  • Conveners: The World Bank, Emory University, Trend Ghana, ICDDR, Kampala Capital City Authority, Lusaka City Council, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly

The Missing Link in the Sanitation Chain: Improving the Conditions of Sanitation Worker

Without sanitation workers, the sanitation service chain will not function. Yet sanitation workers are generally taken for granted in sanitation improvements, and their often-terrible working conditions remain invisible. Recurrent news items about “sewer deaths,” “pit collapse,” and disease are considered isolated incidents rather than part of a structural problem requiring a systematic solution. The SDG framework – with SDG 6.2 highlighting the human right to sanitation, SDG 8 focusing on decent work, and SDG3 ensuring well-being for all – offers an opportunity to revert this situation.

In this workshop, we will present data from several countries, and consider how occupational health and safety in the sanitation service chain can be addressed in a more systematic and effective way. We will consider the importance of reliable data and regulations, as well as the worker’s capacity and perceptions. The workshop will culminate with the conveners sharing steps to take this advocacy forward.

Join the conversation via #FSM5#SanitationWorkers#StopKillingUs

  • Friday, February 22, 2019
  • 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm |
  • Conveners: The World Bank, WaterAid, SNV, World Health Organization, International Labour Organization, Water Research Commission, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 


Last Updated: Feb 14, 2019


  • DATES: February 18-22, 2019
  • LOCATION: Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
  • FOLLOW THE DISCUSSION: On Twitter #AfricaSan 5 and #FSM5
  • CONTACT: Li Lou