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More support for taxes on packaged water in Ghana

Stakeholders in the Water and Sanitation sectors on Friday expressed support for the proposed 20 percent tax on packaged water
At a workshop to discuss government’s budgetary allocation for the sector, participants agreed that there was the need for more funding in the sector to enable them provide efficient water and sanitation services to all people.
Mr Kwaku Sakyi-Addo, General Manager, Communications at Aqua Vitens Rand Limited, Operators of Ghana Water Company Limited, suggested that the tax should not only be on bottled water but also on sachet water since the latter was produced more and caused more environmental problems.

1.5 percent of annual budget should be dedicated to Water and Sanitation issues - NGO

Stakeholders within the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector on Friday agreed that government needs to increase annual budget for the sector since it is the pivot of all development programmes.
Mr Rudolf Amenga-Etego, Executive Director of GrassRoots Africa, a non governmental organization that advocates for improved water and sanitation services especially in rural areas, suggested that 1.5 percent of government’s annual budget should be dedicated to improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene services
Speaking at a day’s workshop to discuss Government’s budgetary allocation for Water and Sanitation issues, he said about 1.4 billion people will require improved sanitation services in Africa to facilitate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal on water and sanitation.

Regional Sanitation and Hygiene Symposium takes place Accra

The West African Regional Sanitation and Hygiene symposium recently took place in Accra, Ghana.

TPP Learning Alliance (LA) meetings

TPP LA meeting presentations/reports are available here

20th MOLE conference takes place in Ho

The twentieth edition of the Mole Conference series took place in the Volta Regional Capital of Ghana, Ho, from July 14-18, 2009. This year’s conference was under the theme, “ 20 years of multi-stakeholder dialogue in Ghana: The State of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sector”.

Where does your plastic trash go after you’ve disposed of it?

Don’t you ever want to know what happens after – say, you’ve thrown away the black plastic bag – the one given to you as a carrier bag for the 50 pesewa bread you bought yesterday? Oh, the bread itself was packaged in a whitish plastic bag in the first place before the whole thing was repackaged in the black plastic! I am curious. I want to know. I so desperately want to track the life cycle of all the light-weight harmless-looking little plastic bags gifted to me for just about every little thing I buy.

What is the Tripartite Partnership (TPP) Project?

The Tripartite Partnership (TPP) Project is a three-year collaborative approach involving Ghanaian and Dutch partners that aims at developing innovative management models for delivering water suply services to the urban poor in Ghana.

Flagbearers on Environmental Sanitation (FOES)

Flag bearer on Environmental Sanitation (FOES) was a special seminar series organised by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) for presidential candidates of the political parties contesting the December 7 general election.

Intensify Education on Child Faeces Disposal

There is the need to intensify education on safe disposal of child’s faeces in Ghana. This is because a recent report from the Ghana Statistical Service, the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS 2006) indicates that only about 43% of nursing parents in Ghana dispose their child’s faeces safely.

KNUST/ IRC Launches WASHCost Project Ghana, By Abu Wumbei - RCN Secretariat

Following the pre-launch in June, 2008, the WASHCost project Ghana will be formally launched by Hon. Alhaji Abubakari Saddique Boniface, the Minister for Water Resource Works and Housing on Tuesday, September 9th 2008 at Erata Hotel, East Legon - Accra, Ghana.

CONIWAS Press Conference On Sanitation, By Abu Wumbei - RCN Secretariat

CONIWAS met the press at the International Press Centre in Accra on Wednesday, 6th August, 2008 to share with them the opinion of the wider stakeholder group at this year’s Mole XIX conference. Mole Conference is an annual event organized by CONIWAS for stakeholders in the Water and Sanitation Sector to deliberate on issues of concern, share knowledge and look at the way forward. This year’s event took place in Koforidua from the 8th - 12th of July 2008. The theme for this year’s conference was: “Reaching the MDGs for Sanitation: Options to Expand and Accelerate Coverage”.

RCN Reconstitution Announced @ Mole XIX

The reconstitution of the Resource Centre Network (RCN), an initiative to promote and strengthen information and knowledge management services within the water and sanitation sector in Ghana, was announced at this year’s Mole XIX conference.

14th ITN Africa Conference

The 14th conference of training network for water and waste management (ITN African) will take place Hotel Palm Beach, Ouagadougou, 19th- 22nd November, 2007. The theme for this year's conference: Achieving the WASH Millennium Development Goals in Africa through Decentralisation.

The Mole XVII Conference – 19th- 23rd June 2006

The seventeenth Mole Conference this year has again been successful. The theme of this year’s conference was on the “Challenges to Delivery of Water and Sanitation Services for the Poor”. In order to achieve the theme of the conference, participants and stakeholders agreed on: Prioritisation of sanitation at all levels; promoting better targeting of the ‘poor’; exploring innovative sector funding options; involving citizens for greater accountability; national reorientation on 5% capital contribution; accelerating guinea-worm eradication; ensuring efficient utilisation of water boards funds; and facilitating increase in government funding to sector…………….

CWSA 2005 ANNUAL REVIEW CONFERENCE STATEMENT, Busua Beach Resort, Busua, 3 – 7, April 2006

The Community Water and Sanitation Agency held its 2005 Annual Review Conference from Monday, 3rd to Friday 7th April 2006 at the Busua Beach Resort in the Western Region. This year’s annual conference was under the theme, “Adopting a Sector Wide Approach (SWAp) as a means to Accelerate Water and Sanitation Delivery for Improved Health and Productivity”.

Minister Denounces 5% Community Contribution, By Emmanuel Addai – WaterAid Ghana

The Works and Housing Minister, Hackman Owusu-Agyemang has asked that the 5% community contribution made by small commnuities should be waived. The Minister disagrees on the notion of commitment through payment. There are claims that some communities cannot afford to make their contributions which makes it difficult for them to have access to portable water.

Minister Denounces 5% Community Contribution, By Emmanuel Addai – WaterAid Ghana

The Works and Housing Minister, Hackman Owusu-Agyemang has asked that the 5% community contribution made by small commnuities should be waived. The Minister disagrees on the notion of commitment through payment. There are claims that some communities cannot afford to make their contributions which makes it difficult for them to have access to portable water.

UNESCO Accra takes a step in the water sector

UNESCO is committed to take up a key role in the knowledge management initiative in the water and sanitation sector in Ghana.

5th RWSN Forum 2006

The 5th Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) Forum will take place in Accra, Ghana from 27 Nov 06 - 30 Nov 06. The main theme of the forum will be Scaling up Local Entrepreneurship in Rural Water Supply to meet the MDGs.

All about CWSA and the NCWSP

Read all you ever wanted to know about the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) and the National community Water and Sanitation Porgramme (NCWSP). This article is based on the brochure on this subject prepared by CWSA.

Launching of WaterAid Country Strategy

WaterAid is launching its new 5 year country strategy on the 10 April 2006. At this time, WaterAid will also introduce its new logo. All stakeholders with interest in attending this occasion, are invited to participate from 13.00 till 17.00, at the British Council Auditorium, Accra.

Regional CWSA Offices

ASHANTI REGION

P.O. Box 767

Kumasi-A/R

Tel: 051-27244/21424

Fax: 051-27245

E-mail: cwsa_ash@ghana.com

Location: Behind GWCL Regional Office, Kumasi

BRONG AHAFO REGION

P.O. Box 1431

Sunyani-BAR

Tel:061-27342/26462

Fax: 061-23539

E-MAIL:cwsabar@ghana.com

Location: Behind GWCL Regional Office, Sunyani

CENTRAL REGION

P.O. Box 1315

Cape Coast- C/R

Tel:042-32231/33895

FAX:042-33134

E-MAIL: crcwsa@yahoo.com

Location: Near NationalCollege, Cape coast

EASTERN REGION

P.O. Box 1617

Koforidua

Tel: 081-22515/25281/23016

Fax: 081-23107

Location: On the Koforidua-Suhun road, Opp. The Catholic Pastorial Training Centre, Koforidua

GREATER ACCRA REGION

P.O. Box AH 884

Achimota-Accra

Tel: 021-518718/518753

Fax: 021-518719

Location: Off the Legon-Teteh Quashie Rd, about 1 KM drive along the standards board-Gulf HSE road, adjacent the dept of Rural Housing & Cottage Industries, Okponlo.

NORTHERN REGION

P.O. Box810

Tamale – N/R

Tel:071-22767 / 22677

Fax:071-22677

E-MAIL:cwsanr@africaonline.com.gh

Location:Off Bolga Rd. in Ministry of Agric Area, Tamale

UPPER EAST REGION

P.O. Box413

Bolgatanga-UER

Tel: 072-22262/23161/22146/22712

Fax: 072-23303/22836

E-MAIL: cwsabolga@ghana.com

Location: Within GWCL Regional Office Yard, Bolga

UPPER WEST REGION

P.O. Box 499

Wa-UWR

Tel:0756-22153/22352

Fax:0756-22351

E-MAIL:cwsa-wa@ghana.com

Location: Within GWCL Regional Office Yard, Wa

VOLTA REGION

P.O. Box 508

Ho – V/R,

Tel:091-28186 / 28189/26075

Fax:091-28266

E-MAIL:vrcwsa@africaonline.com.gh

Location: Within GWCL Regional Office Yard, Ho

WESTERN REGION

P.O. Box 255

Takoradi-WR

Tel: 034-27359/27360

Fax: 031- 23932

E-MAIL:cwsawr@ighmail.com

Location: Within GWCL Regional Office Yard, Takoradi

Women and children’s life made easier with the rope pump

This story was written by Isaac Chege from the Ghanaian NGO Rural Aid. It tells about the impact of a simple water supply technology, the rope pump, in a community in the Upper East Region.

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