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District learning alliance in Mankessim:

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

District learning alliance Huni Valley:

At Huni valley, community members, NGOs/CBOs, consultants officials from District Assembly gathered for the district learning Alliance on 6th /05/2011 to review the progress on the assignments of the previous two months on the Tripartite partnership project

District learning alliance Huni Valley:

At Huni valley, community members, NGOs/CBOs, consultants officials from District Assembly gathered for the district learning Alliance on 6th /05/2011 to review the progress on the assignments of the previous two months on the Tripartite partnership project

District Learning Alliance Ashaiman.

On 10th /05/2011 all roads led to the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (AshMA) conference room for the learning alliance. Community members, community level NGOs/CBOs, the media and officers from the Municipal Assembly and TPP project gathered to review progress from the assignments of the consultants to Tripartite Partnership (TPP) project .

District Learning Alliance Ashaiman.

On 10th /05/2011 all roads led to the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (AshMA) conference room for the learning alliance. Community members, community level NGOs/CBOs, the media and officers from the Municipal Assembly and TPP project gathered to review progress from the assignments of the consultants to Tripartite Partnership (TPP) project .

16th NLLAP ( WASH Sector financing in Ghana)

The GrassRoot Africa Foundation/CONIWAS led the WASH Budget Tracking for 2010 and reviewing the framework for future budget tracking discussion with the objective of sharing,learning and sharing meeting on the theme, Wash Sector Financing in Ghana. on 26th/may/2011 at the Coconut Groove Hotel Accra.The WASH Resource Centre Network (RCN) Ghana, in collaboration with the WD, MWRWH hosted the learning event. 

Nadowli District rural water coverage higher than MDGs target

There are 275 boreholes fitted with hand pumps and four piped water systems serving 143 communities in the Nadowli District. This gives the district rural water coverage of 80.04 per cent as at the end of 2010, higher than the 76 per cent Millennium Development Goals' target.

CWSA orientates assembly members on Water and Sanitation projects

Members of the Assin South District Assembly were given a day's orientation workshop on Wednesday on how to strategise and access facilities being provided under the 93Sustainable Rural Water And Sanitation Project (SRWSP)." The SRWSP is being carried out in seven regions in the country with financial support from the International Development Agency of the World Bank. 13 districts in the Central Region would be provided with some 200 boreholes, eight small towns water supply systems and eight mechanised water supply systems, and Institutional KVIPs within the next six years.

Ghanaian Government Ends Contract with Water Supply Company

The contested public-private contract with the water supply company, Aqua Vitens Rand Limited in Ghana, has not been extended. The company, which took over the operation of Ghana’s urban water supply in 2006, was supposed to improve the accountability of water delivery over the last five years.

CONIWAS takes on Government on the SWA compact

 

Benjamin Arthur, the Executive Secretary of the Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) talks to Abu Wumbei of RCN about the position of CONIWAS on financing the water sector and analysis of the 2011 budget in relation to Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) compact. At a press conference held at the International Press Centre in Accra on the 11th May, 2011. The Executive Secretary noted that 2.8% of the National budget was allocated for water and 3% to sanitation, which was much less than promised in the SWA compact. It is clear that water sector in Ghana relays on 94% donor funds. CONIWAS was also concerned as to why the donors did not allocate any budget for Sanitation in the 2011.

Ghana preparing for AfricaSan #

Local stakeholders and government agencies met on 14 April 2011 at the Erata Hotel in Accra to agree on priority actions to get sanitation on track to meet the Millennium Development Goals target by 2015. This follow up workshop was organised by Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development with support from WaterAid in Ghana.

In July the African ministers will meet in Kigali, Rwanda, at AfricaSan 3 to review progress towards the eThekwini commitments on sanitation. The objectives of the conference are to present evidence and exchange learning, track country progress, review the commitments, present country actions, and advocacy to increase the profile of sanitation. The priority actions agreed at the workshop in Accra will be presented at AfricaSan 3 conference as part of Ghana’s country action plan.

CONIWAS’position on the future of urban water supply in Ghana

Ben Arthur, the Executive secretary of Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) stated the official position of the coalition of NGOs on the management contract of Aqau Vitens Rand Limited (AVRL) at a press conference held at the Teachers’ hall 27th /04/2011. Theme, the of future urban water supply.

 In the press statement, CONIWAS clearly stated that the operations of urban water supply should be reverted back to the Ghana Water Company Ltd (GWCL) and that government should initiate stakeholder consultations among citizens on the long term direction of urban water supply.

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IRC Ghana shares perspective on information and knowledge management with West Africa Regional Journalists

IRC Ghana shared their perspective on Information and Knowledge Management (KM) with the General Assembly of the West Africa Regional Journalist Network in Accra on Thursday April 28, 2011.

Ghana president makes water his priority

Hon. Dr. Hanna Louisa Bisiw, Deputy Minister of Water from Ghana explains to Dick de Jong how political will by her president has triggered action on the ground. Right now 20,000 new boreholes are being constructed. And illegal mining of water is being prevented. She toured with young journalists who help educate Ghanians about the need about the value of water and waste. She talked at the Cape Town WaterCube on 22 March, World Water Day event.

Ghana's water: Thoughts from top to bottom

 

Opinions of government officials on how to share and plan for the costs of WASH services in Ghanian communities are made available in this interesting photo story video.

NGO supports schools with rain water harvesting facilities

Resource Link Foundation , A non-governmental organisation (NGO), has provided rain water harvesting facilities to four schools in the Wenchi Municipality of the Brong Ahafo Region at the cost of GH¢9,800.00

15th NLLAP (A review of the first WASH sector performanace Report in Ghana)

The Resource Centre Network Ghana (RCNG), in collaboration with the Water Directorate, MWRWH, hosted The Water andSanitation Monitoring Platform (WSMP) team to lead a participatory discussion and  review of the 1st WASH Sector Performance Report in Ghana with the objective to share the sector performance report and review the framework for future performance reports. The learning event (NLLAP) took place at Coconut Groove Regency Hotel in Accra.

Deputy Minster for health encourages Ghanaians to take up Handwashing with soap

The Deputy Minister of Health, Honorable Robert Joseph Mettle Nunoo has urged Ghanaians to wash their  hands with soap before meals and after visiting the toilet, calling upon all health institutions, media houses, and individuals to boost the efforts of the campaign for better sanitation and hygienic environment towards a healthier nation. He made these remarks during the Unilever Health Summit held on Wednesday 6th April 2011 at the Alisa Hotel in Accra.

Discussing WASH in School.

IRC, the International Water and Sanitation Center and UNICEF have organized a web based debate to elaborate on how to improve Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in schools. The 4 weeks debate will focus a different themes called weekly statements. Right now less than half of all primary schools have access to safe water and just over a third have adequate sanitation in countries where data are available.

Ghana National Junior Water Prize

The SWITCH Project and the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing are delighted to announce the 4th Ghana National Junior Water Prize (GNJWP).  The aim is to provide an opportunity for the brightest young minds in science to begin their journey as the next generation of leaders in the water sector. The GNJWP feeds into the International Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

Bang for the buck: what innovative water and sanitation technology can make services last?

Many African countries are NOT going to meet the MDGs on water and sanitation.  Too often, the water supply systems break down and do not get repaired, as the technologies used are not sound for the local context, too expensive to repair or spare parts are unavailable. How were these technologies come in the first place?

Vodafone Ghana launches 20 boreholes to observe the world water day.

Vodafone Ghana today launched its Community Water Initiative in observance of World Water Day, celebrated annually on March 22nd. The telecommunications giant alleviated the plight of 12 water–deprived communities and institutions by constructing 20 hand pump boreholes for use by its inhabitants free of charge.

Achieving the MDG for Sanitation in Ghana is still possible: Kamal Kar declares

The originator of the popular internationally accepted sanitation strategy, Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), has declared that Ghana could achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) in Sanitation and become an open defecation free (ODF) country if the current blockages are removed.

Monitoring: three new mapping tools launched

Three new mapping tools are now available for monitoring water and sanitation projects: Water Point Mapper, h2.0 Monitoring Service to Inform and Empower Initiative and FLOW, Field Level Operations Watch,

WASHTech: Assessing impact of new WASH technology innovations in Africa

Uptake of new WASH technologies by policy makers, planners and the private sector is often weak. For example, no new technology for point water systems has been taken to scale since the handpumps that were tested and widely introduced in the early 1980s.

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