Published in: 2014
Water Information Network, Gezina, South Africa
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We look at the Sanitation Research Fund for Africa (SRFA) Project, a joint fund established by the Water Research Commission and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The purpose of the project is to provide impetus for scientific based knowledge and practical solutions to the many unintended technical and operational challenges of pit latrine technologies in peri-urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa. A total of 8 sub-Saharan countries have been selected for the fund with the first project workshop held from the 30th to 31st January 2014.
Water research body the South African Water Research Commission (WRC) will host the first workshop of the $2.5-million Sanitation Research Fund for Africa (SRFA), from January 30 to 31, in Johannesburg, in an effort to stimulate competency and capacity in the area of sanitation on the continent and support the development and upscaling of sanitation solutions.
In an effort to respond to the lack of dedicated sources of funding and support for sanitation research and innovation in Africa, the WRC and charity the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation last year launched the SRFA, which would be led and executed by the WRC.
WIN-SA (2014). Sanitation Matters - The sanitation research fund for Africa - A magazine for Southern Africa - Issue No.5 - March 2014. Water Information Network, Gezina, South Africa
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