Washington, D.C. - Today, more than 20 leading international water and development organizations signed and launched the WASH Sustainability Charter. This Charter is a collaboratively-developed mission and set of guiding principles to advance lasting solutions in water, sanitation and hygiene education (WASH). The Charter is available to read and endorse at www.WASHCharter.org.
STOCKHOLM, AUGUST 22, 2011 According to a new report released today by
the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) at the World Bank,African countries
that transition to taking a leadership role in safe water and sanitation
service delivery to the millions of people without access have an unprecedented opportunity to drastically reduce these numbers by 2015.
Hon. Alban Bagbin, Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH), officially opened the 22nd edition of the Mole Conference under the distinguished patronage and chairmanship of Nana Kwesi Agyemang IX, the Paramount Chief of Lower Dixcove in Busua, Western Region of Ghana on Wednesday August 10, 2011.
The 22nd edition of the longest running annual Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector event in Ghana, the Mole Conference is currently on going at Busua Beach Resort in the Central Region of Ghana. The conference is discussing the theme, ‘‘Towards Decentralized WASH Services Delivery: Challenges and Lessons".
The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Technologies (WASHTech) project, was introduced to a team sector experts forming the project technical working committee by the project Ghana team led by TREND, a National NGO operating in the Water and Sanitation Sector. The project is a three-year EU funded project (FP7), which focuses on technologies for sustainable WASH delivery in Peri-urban, Small Towns and Rural areas.
The Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Alban Bagbin, has said that statistics available to him indicate that only 62 percent of the country’s population as at last year had access to potable drinking water.
At long last, Messrs Tahal Consulting Engineers Limited, the Israeli firm contracted to implement the Kumawu, Konongo and Kwahu water projects, has pitched camp at Kumawu to commence work, which is already12 months behind schedule.
Residents of Kodie, district capital of the Afigya Kwabre District, are in distress as all the three Kumasi Ventilated Improved Pit (KVIP) toilet facilities in the town are posing a health hazard and imminent source of epidemics.
The National Learning Alliance platform hosted the Coalition of NGOs in water and sanitation and the SWITCH project to share views on the current state of urban water management, challenges and way forward. The presentations were smoothed with a panel discussion comprising of NGOs, KUNST, GWCL, NCAP, private sector who shared on specific proposals to improve the management of urban water in Accra. The learning alliance took place on 29th of June 2011, at Coconut Groove regency Accra.
That 2.6 billion people live each day without a proper toilet is shocking. Break that number down, however, and it's even worse. Of these 2.6 billion people, the vast majority live in developing countries, this means that half the people in the developing world do not have a proper toilet. Take into account socio-economic status and the inequalities are worse still: in South Asia, amongst the poorest 40%, only 2 out of 10 households benefit from a safe, clean and dignified place to defecate.
United Nations, 21 June 2011—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, Ugandan Minister of Water & Environment the Hon. Maria Mutagamba, and His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange, today launched the "Sustainable Sanitation: Five-Year Drive to 2015" (http://www.sanitationdrive2015.org/), a push to speed up progress on the Millennium Development Goal target of improving global sanitation by 2015.
Kumasi — The management of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has declared war on sanitation offenders and drivers of heavy duty vehicles who off-load goods at the Central Business area of Adum during working hours.
At a capacity building workshop for members of the Ghana Watsan Journalists’ Network (GWJN), an organization, which focuses on water, sanitation and hygiene, Mr Minta Aboagye, outgoing Director (Water), Ministry of Water Resource, Works and Housing (MWRWH), has said that there are plans to introduce rain water harvesting to help address water challenges facing the people.
Following years of discourse among sector stakeholders towards a better coordinated and more effective WASH sector in line with the Paris Declaration, the WASH sector in Ghana embarked on a series of eight (8) Action Oriented workshops to move from a highly projectized sector and adopt a Sector Wide Approach (SWAP). So far, six (6) of these workshops have been held already, with only two (2) outstanding. The first workshop in the series, dubbed “SWAp Road Map Introductory workshop” was organised on the 2-3 February 2010 to solicit the buy-in of all sector stakeholders and to introduce the concept of a Code of Conduct for the SWAp, among others.
Accra, the administrative and economic capital of Ghana, just like cities all over the world, is facing ever increasing difficulties in efficiently managing water resources and providing water and sanitation services to its citizens. Meeting these challenges and adopting a more integrated approach to urban water management requires a firm understanding of the current situation
The African San 3 is the African ministers commitment to raise the profile of sanitation on the continent.
In preparation Ghana, with the leadership of the environmental sanitation health Directorate pulled stakeholders to validate the countries progress towards the e-Thewine commitments. This workshop brought together different stakeholders from NGOs, CONIWAS , governments, knowledge institutes and universities. To discuss the top three priorities for Ghana to report on, constitute a delegation that will be representing Ghana at the AfricaSAN 3 in Rwanda.
The Essential Services Programs Coordinator at ISODEC, Leonard Shang-Quartey has called for the establishment of public water authority to help address challenges of water supply in the country.
Speaking on Multi TV’s current affairs program, PM EXPRESS, Mr. Shang-Quartey said the establishment of the Ghana Urban Water Company Limited is not the ultimate solution to the problem of water supply in the country.
Triple-S Ghana has selected three regions as centres to pilot the service delivery approach (SDA) at district level. Each centre will be involved in the application of an action research approach where the steps for implementation of SDA for effective sustainable water service delivery will be documented for replication in other parts of the country.
Stakeholders at a District Learning Alliance in Mankessim met on the 05/05/2011 to review the progress on the assignments of the previous two months on the Tripartite partnership project. Among them were Municipal Assembly staff, the project consultants (Maple consult, Bhekan services and the representatives of Makessium community