Presented by the WSA Executive Secretariat


December 2018



In the dynamics of WSA reforms and repositioning, processes put in motion in the first half of the year increased during the second half. Conclusions of the Seniors’ retreat on the issue of competitiveness and those urgently expected from the organizational audit to deepen the reforms, will complete the rebuilding phase of the Institution. In short, a brilliant WSA anchored in a strong institutional basis will definitely  turn a page on the  period of dysfunctions to shine in excellence and enhanced visibility with a high value of competitiveness in the light of 2019.

The report covering the period from 01 July 2018 to 31 December 2018 consolidates the annual data and lays the foundations for the institution definite relaunch. This results in a planning based on the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan with ambitious actions and a 2019 budget that meets the challenges.

  1. Status of implementation of Axis 1 activities : Research-action

As research-action is the registered trademark of the institution, it is the privileged area of its support to Member States with a view to promoting innovative technologies adapted to the African context. Several themes have been identified and targeted in research project synoptic sheets for 2019. Some Country Offices have also been targeted to conduct research in specific areas. What needs to be done now is to mobilize resources and recruit Master and PhD students for this purpose.

  1. Status of implementation of Axis 2 activities : Projects and Programmes

Significant progress has been made during this period in terms of calls for proposals, formulation of new initiatives and acceleration of projects implementation. Most of the financing agreements in negotiation have been signed during the semester. Others are in prospect for the year 2019. Although some projects have had their activities closed during the period, new projects have been launched and others are in an advanced state of maturity in some countries.

At the programmatic level, the implementation of projects and programmes have been dealt with swiftly with very encouraging results. The following table is a summary of initiatives and projects developed and implemented in the respective countries :

Country Offices Portfolio Dashboard


Project Title

Financial Partner





Setting up of a warning system for water shortages of the SONEB (National Water Utility) and education on the hygiene of drinking water through the use of NICT (SAC-NTIC)




In consortium with PNE, SONEB and SOLUTIS, WSA contributed to the achievement of the following results :

- Continuation of the study on the development of the business plan of the SAC-NTIC platform and validation of progress reports and the interim report of the business plan

- Continuation of awareness activities (radio and TV broadcasts, general assemblies)

- Co-animation of the SAC-NTIC platform

Project closed on December 31st, 2018

Capacity building of water sector stakeholders in the knowledge, sustainable management and protection of groundwater resources

Wallonie Bruxelles International

National Territory

Projet selected for funding in 2019

Project developed in collaboration with the University of Liège, the General Directorate of Water of the Ministry in charge of Water and the University of Abomey-Calavi National Institute of Water

Strengthening of innovative sanitation technologies and systems

Wallonie Bruxelles International

Lakeside Commune of So-Ava and surroundings

Under negotiations

Project initiated in collaboration with CEBEDEAU, deemed relevant by the joint commission, subject to fund-seeking

Burkina Faso

Integreted Project

To be seeked

RAVI Foundation

Under negotiations

Multisectoral project including water, sanitation, agriculture and energy in the context of job creation for young people and women

Promotion of behavioral changes in WASH to improve the health and the environment of the Koussana village inhabitants

Rotary Club

Association DALOBE


The DALOBE France Association reprogrammed the activity in 2019 due to the lack of funding


Social Housing Programme in Bassinko / Ouagadougou

Burkinabè Government

City Population


50 social housing units completed since 2017. Currently at the stage of marketing-sales at a unit price of 6.5 million XOF. WSA has invested 80 million XOF in this project and intends to be reimbursed. WSA- Burkina country office is monitoring sale transactions entrusted to the CEGECI company by the Government



Burundian Government

Targets at least 2.5 million people


Multi-year Contract-Programme, the first of which amounted 12 million US$ was signed on December 09, 2014



Cameroonian Government

National territory


Agreement in principle of the services of the Minisry of Water and Energy (in charge of monitoring the implementation of the WSA-Cameroon government Contract-Programme) to submit technical and financial files of some local companies to the Ministry of Public Procurement to award over-the-counter contracts for construction of 08 boreholes equipped with Human Powered Pumps (PMH)


ICE component of the Rainwater drainage and Waste management Project of the Debt Reduction and Development Contract (C2D)


Districts of Brazzaville


Continuation of activities through :

- awareness campaigns for local populations

- identification of potential subscribers to the pre-collection service

- organization of "the cleanest neighborhood"

- promotion of hygiene in schools

CLTS and good practices promotion in Lékoumou


Lékoumou Department

6 months from July 2018

Implementation of the CLTS approach in 40 villages and 30 schools in the department through:

- awareness of the dangers of open defecation

- the promotion of good hygiene practices with 45 pedal-operated handwashing devices and 5 multi-handwashing devices

Ecological latrines construction project

Brasseries of Congo

Brazzaville Primary Schools

Under negotiations

Proposal submitted to Heineken Africa Foundation for the implementation of a faecal sludge value chain by a group of market gardeners

ECOSAN latrine construction and social engineering project in Mossaka

Initiative of a local MP

De la Cuvette Department

Under negotiations

A technical-financial proposal was submitted for financing after signature of the partnership agreement

IEC Project for improved hygiene and sanitation practices in Brazaville


Ministry of Energie and Hydraulics

30 months

Contract of the project signed ; Country Office is waiting for the service order and start-up advance

DURQuaP Project in Brazzaville and Pointe Noire

World Bank

Brazzaville and Pointe Noire

Under negotiations

Two technical-financial proposals submitted to the sponsor jointly by the consulting firm COMETE (Tunisia) and WSA following 2 calls for expressions of interest

Cote d’Ivoire

Situation analysis on the water, hygiene and sanitation sector in the peri-urban environment of the Autonomous District of Abidjan


Department of Urban Sanitation and Drainage (DAUD) of the Ministry in charge of Sanitation


üStudy completed

üReport of the study validated during the national workshop on 05 and 06 July 2018

üFinal report sent to the Client

Energy recovery of effluents from attiéké factories and support for their sustainable conservation


"YEBO-EKON" Agricultural cooperative company (Daloa Commune)

24 months from the contract signature date

üProject in partnership with Jean Lorougnon Guédé University (UJLoG), main contractor, Daloa (Côte d’Ivoire)

üNotification received on 22 August 2018 informing that the project is selected for funding

üContract being negotiated between FIRCA and UJLoG

Sanitation marketing component of the faecal sludge management project (Care International)

African Dev. Bank

Cities of Bouaké and Katiola

Under negotiations

üWSA Côte d'Ivoire selected from a short list of providers

üProcess of taking into account WSA Côte d'Ivoire as an approved supplier of CARE INTERNATIONAL Côte d'Ivoire finalized (Administrative documents and Supplier Profile form sent to CARE)

üAwaiting, to date, the imminent restricted consultation of providers in the Marketing of New Trades and Drainage Products sector

Islamic Development Bank-UEMOA Project of Rural Hydraulic and Sanitation in the Districts of Denguélé and Savanes



Under negotiations

üWSA Cote d'Ivoire shortlisted among 06 Consultants after a call for manifestation of interests to participate in the Request for Proposals for a social work supervision in June 2017

üPre-conference to the Request for Proposals on August 09, 2017

üTechnical and financial offers submitted to the client in the second half of October 2017

üOpening of the financial bids of the two selected Consultants on May 11, 2018

üReceipt of a letter requesting extension of the validity of the offers from the client on 02 August 2018

üWaiting to date, the results of the analysis of offers

Guinea Bissau

Village water supply Project


Ministry of Public Works, Energy & Natural Resources

Under negotiations

12 Million Euro Project for the construction of multi purpose boreholes


Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel - Strengthening Resilience (USAID / REGIS-ER)


Regions of Maradi, Tillabéry and Zinder


The end of the project planned for December 31, 2018 has been extended to July 31, 2019. Only 2 Project Managers are selected for this phase.

ODF Project in support of "a Niger free of open air defecation by 2030"

Swiss Cooperation

National territory

Under negotiations

A 52 million XOF Project submitted to the Swiss Cooperation for funding


Niger Government  

National territory

On going

Under elaboration


Project to improve the school environment and water supply coverage in the Mbomou prefecture


Prefecture of Mbomou


A 60 220673 XOF contract signed for the construction of 4 latrine blocks with 3 compartments with handwashing device in two schools and 10 manual boreholes in the community


Central-Africa Government

National territory


A 4 billion XOF budget sent to the Supervising Ministry

IEC for the construction of 50 boreholes


Bangui + 4 Prefectures


2nd phase of the project dedicated to organizing the actors with the setting up of 50 water committees and education of the communities

Water for Life (PEPEV) Water Development Clusters Project

European Union

Prefectures of Ouham Pende, Ouham and Kémo as well as Bangui and surroundings

8 months from november 1st 2018

Signing of a contract of 84 799 993 XOF financed by the 10th EDF for the identification and restructuring of the repairmen-artisans network

Manual Boreholes Project

Mentor NGO

Prefecture of Ouham


Construction of one borehole only, the 2nd having failed due to geological context

Capacity Building Project in Manual Boreholes Techniques


Child Soldiers and Unemployed Youth

Under negotiations

Capacity building of drillers with the so-called Chadian method, known to go deeper and to be more efficient (up to 50 m). Financing under negotiation


Sustainable Improvement of Sanitary and Socio-Economic Conditions for Rural Populations Project (PADSER)

European Union

Sédhiou Region


Following results already achieved:

- 22 bio-digesters built

- 515 latrines completed

- Communication for a behavior change reaching 125,623 people

Experimental Project of latrine suitable and accessible in peri-urban and rural areas of Senegal (PROELA)

European Union

Periurbain and rural area


- Training of 63 masons

- 18 prototypes of latrines built in Kédougou, Matam and Tambacounda regions

- Closing of the report on the factors blocking access to sanitation for vulnerable people

- Validation of the research protocol on the socio-anthropo-economic feasibility by Technical and Ethical Committee of the ISE



Chad Government

National territory


Implementation of the WASH component of the 2017-2021 National Development Plan with the construction of 25 boreholes in schools

Strengthening access to drinking water and sanitation in schools in 10 districts of the city of Ndjamena, part 2

Chad Government

Schools in 10 districts of the city of Ndjamena


Work completed with satisfactory water quality analysis

Community Strengthening Project to ensure Sustainable Access to Water and Sanitation in the Lake Chad Region


Departments of FOULI, MAMDI and KAYA


Training of the Associations of the Water Point Management Committees and the Associations of the Repairmen-Artisans.   Training report submitted to ADRA

Study on the IWRM in Chad


Great Basins

On going

Elaboration of a roadmap to accelerate the IWRM implementation in Chad

Support for the sustainable management of drinking water and sanitation facilities in BATHA and MOYEN CHARI health districts

Swiss Cooperation

BATHA and MOYEN CHARI health districts

Under negotiations

Continuation of ex post activities amounting to 53 055 950 XOF previously financed by UNICEF


Professionalisation of Informal Private Operators in the Water and Sanitation Sector in Togo (POPIEAT)

European Union

City of Lomé


- Monthly follow-up of at least 60 owners and sellers of well water by 07 sanitary technicians

- Monthly monitoring of 17 piezometers by the Directorate of Water Resources (DRE)

- Celebration of World Toilet Day in Atakpamé

Togo Urban Development Project -Phase 2 (PAUT 2)

European Union FDA

Ministry of Water and Village Water Supply


- Participation in provisional acceptance of works

- Participation in the workshop on the immersion in the institutional support report

- Participation in the Technical Monitoring Committee meeting

- Last semester audit

Water and Sanitation Project of Notsè-Phase 2 (PEAN 2)

European Union

City of Lomé


Continuation of the awareness campaign through the dissemination of commercials by local radios

Regional Program of Multipurpose Hydraulic Facilities for Achieving Food Security


Commune of Nagbéni


Increased awareness, animation and communication on hygiene and sanitation for a behavioral change and good management of facilities

  1. Status of implementation of Axis 3: actors capacity building

At the country level, WSA remains very active in influencing water and sanitation policies and strategies through its effective participation in sectoral meetings, consultative frameworks, technical commissions as well as in clusters in humanitarian contexts. Above all, it continued and maintained the systematic inscription of the capacity building component in the various projects implemented in the various countries. As a reference training center, WSA welcomed and facilitated the supervision of students and professional trainees at various levels during this semester.

  1. Status of implementation of Axis 4: organizational performance

Axis 4 is the receptacle for WSA reforms and repositioning strategies. Significant progress has been made both programmatically, financially and diplomatically, as well as in strategic thinking.

In general, the results obtained are summarized as follows :

IV.1. The Agency Seniors retreat

This is a very strategic meeting that brought together from 20 to 21 September 2018 Experts from the Headquarters and Burkina Faso Country Office on the matter of repositioning the Agency as a key leader on the issues of WASH. A synoptic view of the challenges has been presented ; an inventory of WSA skills has been made to reflect the gap and analyze the comparative advantages; and niches has been identified as opportunities for mobilizing partnerships and resources.

This very useful reflection will be enriched later by the conclusions of the organizational audit which will lay the foundations for the renewal and refoundation of a more efficient WSA.

IV.2. The organizational audit

The Africa Consult&Performances firm selected to lead the organizational audit is very advanced in its work. The basic texts have been reviewed and the first drafts will be submitted very soon to the appreciation of the Management. This long-awaited work will propose an attractive model structure adapted to the era of time and meeting the requirements of high productivity, competitiveness and visibility. The very imminent finalization of this work and its adoption by the next Council of Ministers will make it possible to have an effective instrument at the service of the African populations.

IV.3. The adoption of the communication strategy

Capitalizing on the achievements of 30 years of field operations and drawing lessons from the dysfunctions the institution has experienced, the new communication strategy is a real vehicle for new values to internalize and an effective lever of knowledge management. Backed by the 2018-2022 strategic plan, this instrument is an undeniable support to increase WSA visibility in the next coming 5 years.

Its adoption is part of the WSA global repositioning strategy as a benchmark institution in the drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in Africa.

IV.4. The 2019 work plan and budget

The 4 axes of the 2018-2022 strategic plan constitute the backbone of the 2019 work plan. A budget of 4 709 934 460 XOF, of which 93% in investment in activities is required for the optimal implementation of the plan. This amount is to be mobilized as much from Member States ; from Technical and Financial Partners; as well as from services provisions (especially modular trainings). Other resource mobilization initiatives are being considered and will take shape in 2019 to ensure the institution sustainability and operational autonomy.

IV.5. The activities report template

A reporting template, always perfectible, has been adopted to report activities from 2019.

Basically focused on the strategic plan, this new template has six (06) parts, except the introduction and the conclusion.

The 2019 quarterly activity reports will be developed according to this model.

IV.6. Member States and Partners mobilization

Routine activity regularly conducted on the spot by the Country Offices on the one hand and by the Headquarters through the embassies as intermediaries on the other hand; the advocacy has began to bear fruits. The exchanges with the Member States has intensified and relations reinforced even more as evidenced by the financial volume brought to WSA in accordance with the commitment made at the Extraordinary Council of Ministers in Yaoundé in September 2017.

In addition, an amount of seventy (70) million XOF annual contributions to be included in the 2019 budget has been proposed to Member States as a financial contribution to the institution operations. A follow up should ensure the effectiveness of its mobilization in real time. Finally, advocacy actions have been deployed to sub-regional organizations in West and Central Africa, including ECOWAS, CEMAC and ECCAS for an all-out mobilization for WSA.

  1. Constraints and lessons
    1. Constraints

Although some of the operational constraints persist, the determination of the staff for the effective relaunch of the institution took precedence over everything. This is evidenced by the enthusiasm at work, the quality of the strategic documents produced and the dynamic of collaboration with partners and Member States. The general trend is to mitigate all constraints in order to sustainably and permanently reposition WSA on the WASH chessboard in Africa.

  1. Lessons learned

The greatest lesson learned from 2018 is the rational use of space and resources. Indeed, WSA must continue to mark the territories, seize every opportunity to assert itself, take an active part in official meetings and strategic reflections despite the limited resources available. The recently adopted new communication strategy will help better guide actions for more visibility and legibility in the years to come.

In addition, the diplomatic channel remains privileged in the exchanges with the Chancelleries and the Member States. The impact of this channel is enormous and the results are extraordinary even if they take a long time to be felt. It requires patience, perseverance and meticulous follow-up. The whole team will tackle it relentlessly in 2019.

  1. Perspectives

Following results are expected as a priority in the first quarter of 2019 :

-The Experts meeting

- The holding of the Council of Ministers

- The relaunch workshop

Whenever possible, the financial and accounting audit will also be part of the menu.

  1. Conclusion

2018 has been a year of learning and institutional anchoring for WSA. A year entirely dedicated to study of the WASH environment, assess the needs, identify bottlenecks and reach out to sector actors (old and new). 2018 has also been a year of advocacy; design and development of strategies and re-establishment of cooperative relationships. A participatory-based diagnosis performed both at Headquarters and in Country Offices has helped pin down the issue of recovery of the institution and consequent strategies have been developed to ward off dysfunctions and remove bottlenecks. In accordance with the 2018-2022 roadmap, the work of consolidation and repositioning will continue intensively and finely in 2019.


In the meantime and from the beginning of 2019 priority will be given to the preparation and the holding of the relaunch workshop on the one hand; and the meeting of Experts and the Council of Ministers on the other hand. To this must be added the results of the organizational audit which will constitute the main menu of the Ministers' meeting.

Overall, the 2018 track record is encouraging as the groundwork for the future has been laid. Thus, more than 80% of planned activities have been completed. As planned, the financial and accounting audit, the key element of the 2018 work plan which could not be conducted, will be coupled with the investigation audit and considered one of the priorities of 2019. The growing financial support from Member States will, no doubt, enable to pursue the exercise in the near future.

Altogether, solid foundations has been set for the relaunch of the institution on sound basis. Structures and systems have been reviewed and major challenges well identified and targeted. A reframing of the staff on the internalisation of new values of competitiveness and especially the re-ownership of the institution has also been done during 2018.

From the outset all indicators of a definitive relaunch of WSA has been established for the institution to entrench once and for all its trademark of excellence in all operations and in the provision of sustainable services to Member States. That is what 2019 is all about, a real consolidation of all the achievements and outreach of WSA to Africa.