01 August 2018
After a successful five year pilot program, Senegal’s National Office of Sanitation (ONAS) is implementing the National Program for Sustainable Development of Non-Sewered Sanitation in Senegal (PNDDAA) across the country. With the aim to greatly improve non-sewered sanitation and restructure the fecal sludge management (FSM) sector over the next three years, the program is headed towards being a model for other countries across the African continent.
Mouhamadou Gueye, Program Director of the the Fecal Sludge Market Program in Senegal (PSMBV), recently shared his thoughts on the goals and challenges of the ambitious program that will increase the involvement of the private sector and become an essential pillar for helping Senegal achieve section 6.2 of the the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Can you briefly explain the framework and the objectives of the new vision for improving sanitation in Senegal?
The new vision of ONAS is to be a champion in all areas of the sanitation business, strengthening our position as a continental leader and reference point, and developing our responsibility. Working towards these objectives, ONAS will keep the benefits of the community as our primary concern.
Winning the challenge of democratizing non-sewered sanitation is a recurrent theme that we want to translate and achieve daily with our partners, and for the preservation of public health and protection of natural environments, contributing to both the economic and social development of the country.
The major changes that are being made for the improvement of non-sewered sanitation include:
The program is a bold step to improving the lives of the population. What is ONAS’ strategy for implementing the vision in each of Senegal’s regions?
ONAS will use a specific strategy for the implementation that will be based on four pillars:
Do you anticipate any challenges?
Yes, we anticipate challenges because with any change in vision or strategy comes pockets of resistance. However, we have identified potential risks or factors that could jeopardize the achievements of the program, and are prepared with a contingency strategy to control the risks.
Today, what is the most important need for successful implementation?
The key factors leading to a successful implementation include: