Parliament Approves Over GHC 255 Million Budget Allocation to the Sanitation and Water Resources Ministry
The Parliament of Ghana has approved a budgetary allocation of over GHc 255 Million to the newly created Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources for the 2017 fiscal year. An estimated GHc 28 Million out of the total budget allocation of GHc255, 531,354 for the ministry has been earmarked for capital goods, with over GHc216 Million of the allocated budget for the Ministry expected to come in by way of inflows from donor partners.
Government will establish a National Sanitation Fund this year as part of measures to address the sanitation situation in the country in a sustainable manner, the Minister for Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta has announced in Accra during the presentation of the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government of Ghana for the 2017 Financial Year to Parliament on Thursday, 2nd March, 2017.
ACCRA, 23 February 2017 – The Sanitation Challenge for Ghana (SC4Gh) team has announced a new website to promote the urban sanitation innovation Prize. Mr. Kweku Quansah of the Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate and Mrs. Vida Duti of IRC jointly made the announcement at the 61st National Level Learning Alliance Platform (NLLAP 61) meeting today. The full press release on New website promotes urban sanitation innovation in Ghana is here.
One significant issue facing developing countries, of which Ghana is no exception, in the area of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is the waning funding to the sector. Ghana’s case is even more complicated, considering the country’s recent reclassification as a lower middle income country. Though this may present opportunities for the WASH sector, it can initially constrain the sector’s ability to attract funding, especially when about 90 per cent of the sectors’ funding comes from loans and grants.
The issue of governance has become fundamental in every human endeavor. Governance permeates every societal fabric including corporate institutions, nation building and the provision of essential social services such as WASH services. It was therefore no wonder that the issue of governance featured prominently at the 27th edition of the Mole Conference at Big Ada in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.
The ever increasing need for developing countries to ensure that better sanitation services are provided to their citizens has never been evident than now. Over 2.5 billion people, representing about 40 per cent of the world’s population practice open defecation or lack adequate sanitation facilities. The effect of this phenomenon can be dire, especially on human health and the environment in general.
Poor sanitation alone accounts for about 700,000 child deaths from diarrhea each year. Chronic diarrhea can hinder child development by impeding the absorption of essential nutrients and reducing the effectiveness of life-saving vaccines.
The Director, Water, Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH) Mr. Fred Addae, has called on all actors in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector in Ghana to reposition themselves in order to surmount the funding challenges in the sector as well as partner with the Government to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on water and sanitation by 2030.
Mr. Addae said the theme: “Repositioning CSOs towards achieving the WASH SDGs: The Role of Sector Partners” was apt and appropriate for this year’s Mole Conference, especially the challenging times the sector finds itself now.
The 27TH Edition of the Mole Conference has ended at Big Ada in the Greater Accra Region on 24th November, 2016 with a call on stakeholders in the WASH sector in Ghana to redouble their efforts at introducing, adopting and utilizing technology and innovation in the provision of sustainable water and sanitation products and services in Ghana.
The Coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) has elected Martin Dery as its new Chairman. The other elected executives include, Atta Arhin, Vice Chairman, Karim Abdul, Northern Zone Representative, Nuhu Umar, Middle Zone Representative and William Domiappella, Southern Zone Representative.
MMDAs Urged to Partner the Private Sector to Provide Efficient Sanitation Services to Poor Households
The changing financing landscape in the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector makes it very imperative for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to open up the sanitation market and forge partnership with the private sector to provide efficient and low cost sanitation services to the citizenry especially the poor households, the Programme Manager of IRC Ghana, Mr. Kwame Asiedu Asubonteng has said.