Water in Southern Africa

WYSE alumnus and Ambassador Sarah Kiggundu holds active interests in issues around Education, the United Nations and has published articles on water distribution in Southern Africa.

sarah lady using standpipeAt the start of the new millenium, the United Nations published eight Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) to be achieved by 2015. Target 7c is "to halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation". Sarah's article about access to water in a South African context looks at reconciling the differences between environmental and economic needs for water and considers water as a commodity or a basic human right.

In Sarah's 2012 review of the trans-boundary issues of water / sanitisation in the border of Namibia and Angola, she provides an overview of the first phase of the Kunene trans-boundary water supply and sanitation scheme. The article summarises the governing water and sanitisation legislation, for both Namibia and Angola, and examines the socio-economic impacts assessed.