2014 World Water Week Africa AHEAD side Event

 Securing Water, Energy, Sanitation and Livelihoods through Consensus: Community led approaches in Africa

Convenors: Africa AHEAD  &  Stockholm Environment Institute

Date: Sunday, 31st August, 2014

Time: 09.00 – 12.30

Location: Stockholm Fairs, Älvsjö, Stockholm, Sweden Room K16/K17

This seminar examines the Community Health Club (CHC) Model, a methodology for achieving fully functional communities enabling villagers to manage their own health and development initiatives in a sustainable integrated way. This is achieved by establishing voluntary village structures known as Community Health Clubs (CHCs) as a vehicle for development, enabling villagers to transit through four phases: firstly by using health education & hygiene promotion as an entry point, leading to selfsupply of sanitation and safe solid waste disposal, protecting water resources and the environment, and finally to sustainable livelihoods through ‘Food, Agriculture and Nutrition’ (FAN) programme. The side event provides a unique opportunity to understand the social psychology of the CHC Model as well as hearing first hand examples drawn from case studies in Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Uganda, with similar examples of community led approaches in Kenya and Benin.

This is an opportunity for discussion and debate as to whether the CHC Model is replicable at scale in other developing countries as we seek practical ways to ‘Fight poverty post 2015 by securing access to energy, food and water’.


  1. Dr. Juliet Waterkeyn, Founder/CEO, Africa AHEAD. Social Psychology of the CHC Model
  2.  Dr. Fidele Ngabo, Head of Maternal & Child Health, Ministry of Health, Rwanda. Hygiene Behaviour Change through CBEHPP in Rwanda
  3.  Nelson Ekane, Stockholm Environment Institute. Community-based Sanitation Programs in Burera District, Rwanda
  4.  Dan Wolf, Founder/ Director, International Lifeline Fund & Lisa Nash, Founder / Director, Blue Planet. Mobilising Community for Improving Water, Energy and Sanitation in Uganda
  5. Anthony Waterkeyn, Founder/ Chairman, Zimbabwe AHEAD. FAN Clubs: Sustaining Food, Agriculture and Nutrition in Zimbabwe
  6.  Dr. Caroline Ochieng, Stockholm Environment Institute. Feasibility and Sustainability of Financial Incentives for Health in a Kenyan Community
  7. George de Gooijer, Embassy of the Netherlands, Benin. Community Sanitation and Hygiene in Benin
  8.  Dr. Arno Rosemarin, SEI. Chairman for Discussion and Summary