“Fragility, Migration and Resilience” was the title of the 3rd Africa Resilience Forum, organized by the African Development Bank on 4-6th March 2019 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. WaterLex was invited to present as a panelist at the plenary session on Tools, products, policies and strategies for building resilience. Director General, Amanda Loeffen, was invited to speak at the plenary session on Tools, products, policies and strategies for building resilience.
The increasing frequency and intensity of disasters and humanitarian crises pose a major threat to peace, stability and growth. This is of particular concern in countries in fragile situation. There is an urgent need to help countries and communities avoid these shocks. In other words, help them build their resilience knowledge and policy management in the areas of addressing fragility and building resilience within the continent was showcased during this plenary session.
Amanda spoke about building Resilience to Climate Change in the Water and Sanitation through policy reforms – challenges of access to safe water are exacerbated by climate change, water scarcity and flooding, resulting highly contaminated water supplies, unhygienic conditions and consequently migration. She covered aspects of human rights to water and sanitation that need to be included in policy reforms and so have far-reaching benefits.