9th National WaSH and Water Resource Management Multi-Stakeholder Forum (MSF)

The Government of Ethiopia hosted the 9th National WaSH and Water Resource Management Multi-Stakeholder Forum (MSF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 12-13 June 2018.  The annual MSF is the largest forum of its kind in the world and the most important WaSH sector event in Ethiopia, and this year’s MSF focused on ‘Resourcing and Increasing Commitment for the OneWaSH and Water Resources Management (WRM) Programmes’ and brought together WaSH sector ministries, donors, civil society organisations and the private sector.

The 9th annual MSF aimed to contribute to the achievement of the targets set out in Ethiopia's Growth and Transformation Plan II (GTP II) by facilitating dialogue on WaSH policy and strategy, and encouraging agreement and commitment to priority areas for the OneWaSH and WRM programmes for the coming year.

The keynote presentations acknowledged the progress of OneWaSH and the commitment of the Government of Ethiopia to WaSH, and called for a systematic approach to sector monitoring, coordination, financing, evidence-based planning, and accountability implementation. They also focused on urban and institutional WaSH provision and the need to prioritise marginalised communities and people with disabilities.

Dr. Eng. Seleshi Bekele, the Minister of MoWIE, highlighted the need for strategic action to link WaSH with WRM to target the 40% of the country that is affected by recurrent draught, which has led to the introduction of a new climate resilient approach to WaSH. He also emphasised the need to strengthen domestic resource mobilisation, to promote a combination of public, private and household financing, to form a coherent and coordinated participatory approach to WaSH provision, and to attract the private sector through investment promotion over the coming year.