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.

The second Afum skuul of innovation

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.

14th NLLAP ( Scaling up sanitation in Ghana; A case of community-led total sanitation

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.

New World Bank Plan of Support for Africa

" 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

WASH sector financing: Stakeholders propose establishment of Water Fund

Participants at 2010 WASH budget tracking validation workshop proposed additional sources of funding 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.

20 million people lack household improved toilets - EHSD

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).

The challenge to scaling up sustainably

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''. 

Poverty reduction through water research Network.

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.”

Improving and expanding Sanitation in Greater Accra:

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

Ashiaman farmers to pilot refuse of fecal matter and animal waste to produce bio gas:

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.

Water Health Centre for Pakro Community

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.

13th NNLAP Lifecycle cost appraoch

 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.

NLLAP discusses Life Cycle Cost Approach to WASH Service Delivery in Ghana

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.

Triple-S develops sustainability indicators for water service delivery

Sustainable Services at Scale (Triple-S) project has developed draft sustainability indicators to measure the scale of providing sustainable water services in Ghana.

NLLAP 13 Life-Cycle Cost Approach to WASH service delivery 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

PURC Directs AVRL to publicise water rationing programme.

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.