Madagascar prioritizes water and sanitation and goes mobile with the roving camera

Date: 9th November 2010

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For the first time in its history, the Republic of Madagascar now has a ministry responsible for drinking water, integrated water resources management and sanitation issues. Its creation, announced in July, stems from President H. E. Marc Ravalomanana’s commitment at the African Union Summit in June to make drinking water and sanitation national priorities. Dr. Jean Donné Rasolofoniaina was appointed Water Minister and participated at the World Water Week in Stockholm, together with the President. In Stockholm, both men praised the Global Sanitation Fund, which is currently being implemented in Madagascar.

Meanwhile, Diorano-WASH continues its support of grassroots efforts through the innovative Roving Camera project started in May. A car and a camera embarked on a journey to the island nation’s remotest regions to document peoples’ own needs and concerns about clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene. “It is a way for the voice of the people to reach the ears of the decision-makers,” says Mr. Jean Herivelo Rakotondrainibe, WSSCC National Coordinator for Madagascar.

After visiting the communities, a “Citizens and Governors” workshop is organised to channel their needs and demands to responsible authorities and local actors. Beyond the video, face-to-face meetings in the workshops enable the community representatives to meet with the authorities from regional offices, district chiefs, mayors, NGOs and private operators. “Face to face dialogue between the citizens and those who govern them is critical in the local democracy process,” adds Mr. Rakotondrainibe. For more information, contact him at herivelo2@blueline.mg.

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