A knowledge resource centre to support learning and coordination of activities in the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector in Ghana recently inaugurated its new office in Accra. WASH House is host to eight sector non-governmental organizations (NGOs), projects and initiatives working in the WASH sector.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services are important for families, individuals, children and the nation as a whole. “There is ample evidence to suggest that if the three components are put in place it maximize the potential health impact and benefits...” Mrs. Theodora Adomako-Adjei, the Extension Coordinator for Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) made this observation at a workshop on The Way Forward for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Schools, organised by the Church of Christ Rural Water Development Programme (COCRWDP) in Ashaiman.
Mr. Minta Aboagye, the Director of Water at the Ministry of Water Resources Works and Housing (MWRWH) officially launched the 1.97m Euro African Water Facility pilot initiative for Ashaiman, Huni Valley, and Mankessim at the WASH House in Dzorwulu, Accra on February 23, 2010. This was under the theme, Improved Sanitation and Water supply to the urban poor in Ghana through Tripartite Partnerships.
It seems that the Ugandan experience of the Sector Wide Approach to Planning (SWAp) in the Water and Sanitation sub-sector proved to be both an eye opener and a scare for WASH sector stakeholders from countries that are now making the effort to follow in Uganda’s footsteps.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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”.
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.
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.