The Brazzaville Declaration, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, 25-27 June 1996

Sectors : Water and Sanitation
Organisation : AU
Date made: 

Commitments in: Infrastructure - Water and Sanitation

“We have, therefore, resolved to direct solutions to the continent's critical water supply and sanitation problems. We will do so through the adoption of four complementary approaches.

1. Set priorities based on:
• expressed desires of our people,
• "bottom-up" planning to ensure that people's voices are heard and that investments match needs.

2. Mobilize local skills and resources, and enhance them where necessary, in order to:
• implement appropriate affordable solutions,
• ensure optimum use of community management and local resources,
• improve the efficiency and effectiveness of investments,
• increase sustainability

3. Ensure that water and sanitation partnerships for health and development involve;
• communities, local governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector in concerted efforts to address common problems and prevent wasteful duplication,
• governments who will coordinate water supply and sanitation programmes through interministerial cooperation which takes full advantage of the capabilities of all potential partners.

4. Ensure that requests for external support are based on:
• nationally prepared plans and programmes, not on donor-driven priorities,
• programmes reflecting people's real needs,
• powerful social and economic arguments for greater government investments in water supply and sanitation,
• demonstrate political commitment and resolve to the sector,
• efficient use that builds national capacity and reduced dependency.

AFRICA 2000 is an initiative of African governments for accelerated progress for enabling all Africans to have access to safe water and sanitation. This initiative puts leadership of water and sanitation development in the hands of African governments.

Under the banner of AFRICA 2000, we policy-makers pledge to mobilize all possible internal and external resources to remedy this critical shortfall in two of people's basic human rights - safe water supply and sanitation...”