12.09.2024 09:00 Faculty of Architecture (ULB) Seminar

Joint Seminar - Water drainage and sanitation co-production in African cities

LoUIsE research centre (ULB) and Louvain Research Institute for Landscape, Architecture, Built Environment (LAB UCL) organises a joint open seminar entitled: Water drainage and sanitation coproduction in African cities that will take place at the Faculty of Architecture (ULB) on the 12th of September.

The joint open seminar is carried out under the frame of the PDR FNRS project Wascot (Urban services under transition. Wastewater and stormwater service co-production over time) – a collaboration between the two research centres that explores an urgent societal challenge. African cities are ongoing rapid urban transformations that require a fundamental change in water drainage and sanitation services to include more sustainable modes of production and delivery. This urgency rests on the need to ensure basic needs’ delivery (e.g. flooding protection) and to adapt to future effects of climate change and increased urbanisation. The seminar aims to discuss the close link between urban transformations and service co-production, understdood as practices amongst actors who are not in the same organisation and among which citizens play a central role with the aim to improve a public service. Academics and researchers from Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Dakar (Senegal), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo) will share their research experience on the topic and engage in an open discussion with the audience.

For more details about the seminar, please contact Catalina Dobre at catalina.dobre@ulb.be

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