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.
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,
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.
The second CONIWAS learning event, dubbed, ‘Afram Skuul of Innovations’ took place in WA, Upper West Region of Ghana from 9th-12th March, 2011. Pronet North, a local NGO based in the Upper West Region of Ghana, hosted the event.
The National sanitation working Group lead a community-led total sanitation discussion at 14th NLLAP. Featuring a special guest Dr. Kamal Kar the originator of the sanitation approach. The theme of the session was Scaling up sanitation in Ghana. A case of CTLS. Dr Kamal shared the experiences and lesson learnt in the practice of CLTS. The NLLAP took place at the Coconut Grove regency Hotel Accra on the 4th of March. The NLLAP is organized by Resource Centre Network.
" With Africa facing an unprecedented opportunity to transform itself and improve the lives of its people, the World Bank is responding with a new, ambitious strategy which could help African economies take off, the way the economies of Asia did 30 years ago." The world bank has communicated in a press No:2011/346/AFR, WASHINGTON, March 1, 2011
Participants at 2010 WASH budget tracking validation workshop proposed additional sources offunding under the banner of Water Fund. They suggested that the surest way of filing the Sector Financing gap is to continue to advocate for increased government budgetary allocation to the sector through a tax based revenue mobilization strategy.
Over 20 million people, representing about 87 per cent of Ghanaians, do not have improved household toilets, according to the 2010 figures released by the Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate (EHSD) of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD).
Speaking from experiences of tackling sustainability and decentralization challenges in South Africa, Jean de la Harpe, Senior Programme Officer International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) shared the challenges of scaling up sustainability of services at the second Ghana Water forum in October 2010. The gist of this speech was "What has been learnt, what has and not worked''.
An initiative to improve the uptake of technologies that will improve the storage and use of water is underway in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Uganda. The three-year project, which is named WASHTEC, hopes to make use of a technology assessment framework (TAF) that will be developed in 2011 to assess water technologies available in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Uganda.“The TAF will be an integrated diagnostic and evaluating tool. As a whole the framework gives a picture of what elements are weakening sustainability for newly introduced technologies and an objective view of the suitability of each in given contexts.”
The World Bank sanitation team is organizing a two day sanitation workshop 15th to 16 February, to look at options and way forward to improve and expand sanitation mainly liquid waste management in the Greater Accra. The objective of the workshop is to study current sanitation situation, identify the studies or interventions ongoing or planned. The participants will discuss a number of technical and institutional options to develop a realistic roadmap to improving and expanding the services
The Ashiaman farmers are to use 4 bio gas digesters connected to a 2 stance water closet toilet to generate biogas and organic fertilizer. The 8 m3 capacity digester has a 20-24 hr retention time for the raw materials will be connected to a mixer which is a lager tank where animal waste and human waste will be mixed and harmonized to optimize bio-gas production.
Pakro Community in the Akwapim South District of the Eastern Region has benefited from a US $65,000 water facility, dubbed, Pakro Community Water Health Centre. The water facility has been jointly funded by Coca Cola Africa Foundation and Water Health International.
The WASHCost project shared key findings and discussed the next steps to use cost data in planning proecesses in the sector.The Resource Centre Network Ghana (RCNG and MWRWH co-ordianted the learning and sharing meeting. Which took place at the coconut Grove regency HotelA accra At 9:00 am on Thursday, 27th January, 2011.
The 13th edition of the National Level Learning Alliance Platform (NLLAP), a monthly multi-stakeholder WASH sector platform, hosted the WASHCost Ghana project on the theme, Life-Cycle Cost Approach (LCCA) in the WASH sector in Ghana.
The Resource Centre Network Ghana (RCNG), in collaboration with MWRWH, will hold a learning and sharing meeting on the theme, Life-Cycle Cost Approach (LCCA) to WASH service delivery in Ghana. The WASHCost project leads the discussion with the objective of sharing key highlights of recent research findings and discussing the next steps. At 9:00 am prompt Thursday, 27th January, 2011, Coconut Grove Regency Hotel, Accra
The Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC) has asked the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) and Aqua Vitens Rand (AVRL) to provide the public adequate notice of its water rationing programme. They must also ensure that the rationing programme, especially in the dry season is reliable and effective to mitigate consumers' hardship.
Ninety-one per cent of all dwellings in the national capital Accra are without private places of convenience, according to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA). Publised by the Daily Graphic, a local Newspaper in Ghana.
WaterAid in West Africa and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) have formed a partnership to support a regional network of journalists across West Africa. The aim is to increase citizens' voice in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and ensuring region-wide impact on influencing.
January 3, 2011 In Accra, Ghana s bustling capital city of close to two million people, urban growing pains are evident: traffic-clogged roads, sprawling neighborhoods, and water taps that sometimes run dry. While 90% of the capital city s residents have access to safe water, only about one-third have drinking water piped into their homes and even among that group, many get only an irregular supply.
The topic of this year would not have been more interesting about sustainability. My definition is that when construction phase is finished, this when the project is finished, it exactly when it brings. We have to make sure that we put in place stays forever that is equal to sustainability.
Mr. Ventura is the lead Water and sanitation speacialist of the World bank. He talked to Abu Wumbei of the Resource centre Ghana.