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Up-scaling WASH through Endogenous Development

The time has come to for serious consideration to be given to a development process that respects and utilizes traditional Ghanaian culture, the wisdom of elders and indigenous resources. This was one of the key issues that came up at the national level learning alliance platform meeting in Accra after WaterAid Ghana (WAG) and the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD) shared the Endogenous Development (ED) approach.

Learning platform discusses sanitation crises in Accra

The August edition of the National Level Learning Alliance Platform discussed a 3 year multi-disciplinary study on sanitation conducted in Accra. The 45th edition of the monthly learning and sharing session took place on Tuesday, 26th August, 2014 at the Coconut Grove Hotel in Accra on the theme, “The Sanitation Crisis in Accra – The Evidence and Investment Options in Low Income Urban Communities”. This platform hosted the SaniPath project team of experts who shared the study findings and launched the SaniPath Rapid Assessment tool developed over the period. 

Government shares CLTS updates with stakeholders

The Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate of the Ministry of Water Resources Works and Housing (EHSD-MLGRD) shared updates of the community-led total sanitation (CLTS) at the National Level Learning Alliance Platform (NLLAP) meeting, which took place o Friday, 26th September, 2014 at the Erata Hotel in Accra.

No funds for Community Service Committees - PURC

Although the Act that established the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), enjoins it to establish Community Service Committees (CSCs) across the country, only three have been established to date. The three are in Wa, Obuasi and Takoradi. The committees are intended to assist community members as well as the commission, in having issues regarding service provision by utility providers addressed efficiently and quickly.

30 communities benefit from €625 facility

This comprises €499,970 representing 80 per cent of the total amount from the EC and €124,982 making up a 20 per cent contribution from WaterAid Ghana (WAG), which secured the facility under the EC-NSA window in 2013.

NLLAP 42 (WASH in Schools: National Minimum Standards and Implementation Models)

The SHEP-GES, with the support of UNICEF,led the discussions under the chairmanship of Mrs Cynthia Bosumtwi-Sam, Director for Curriculum Research Development Division, GES.“WASH in Schools: National Minimum Standards and Implementation Models” was the topic for this edition of NLLAP. Information shared, the reflections and the minimum standards and model documents are available here. 

CWSA Operational documents now online

Four of the five Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) operational documents, recently launched by Hon. Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Water Resources Works and Housing, are now available online

Media Release - "IRC joins dialogue in Washington on Sanitation and Water for All"

The third Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High Level Meeting will be held at the World Bank in Washington DC on 11 April 2014. It is a major milestone as developing and donor countries, and international organisations meet to discuss and commit to improved access to sanitation and water for all. The Dutch based think-and-do tank, IRC has announced its statement of commitments today.
 

Ghana's 2014 SWA HLM Commitments

Ghana is set to announce its 2014 commitments at the third Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High Level Meeting (HLM), which takes place on April 11, 2014 at the World Bank in Washington DC. 

IRC and Aguaconsult launch new venture: ‘IRCconsult’

THE HAGUE | LONDON, 9 April 2014 - IRC and Aguaconsult, two highly regarded water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) organisations in the international development sector, announced today that they have launched a new consultancy venture: IRCconsult.

Ghana: Government pledges to invest US$170m in water and sanitation

Even before the third Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High Level Meeting (HLM) gets underway at the World Bank in Washington DC on April 11, 2014, the Government of Ghana has pledged a total annual investment of US$170 million in the water and sanitation sector.

Ghana:10,000 public schools without toilets

A SURVEY conducted on public schools across the country, has revealed that about 10,000 do not have any toilet facilities. The number is half of the about 20,000 total number of public schools in Ghana, apart from the thousands of privately owned schools that may not have.

NLLAP 41(The setting up of Low Income Consumer Support Unit (LICSU) in the WASH Sector – A Capacity Building Support to the GWCL)

The Resource Centre Network (RCN) Ghana, in collaboration with the MWRWH/ GWCL organised the 41st edition of the National Learning Alliance Platform meeting under the theme,The setting up of Low Income Consumer Support Unit (LICSU) in the WASH Sector – A Capacity Building Support to the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL).The Ghana Water Company Limited, under the support of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) led the discussion,

4th NRLAP

This contains information on the 4th Northern Regional Learning Alliance Platform meeting 

Community Water launches strategy and operational documents

Accra, March 18, GNA - Alhaji Colins Dauda, Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, on Tuesday launched four Operational documents to guide and harmonise activities of stakeholders in the water and sanitation sector in Ghana.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation backs innovative Ghanaian approach to provision of WASH services

ACCRA, 21 March 2014, IRC – The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded US$ 3 million to IRC – a leading champion of universal access to safe water services. The aim of the investment is to ensure that over the next three years, 1.3 million people in 13 rural districts in Ghana will have access to lasting water services. 

GWCL moves to support poor water access

Plans are on course to set up a Low Income Consumer Support Unit (LICSU) at the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), to exclusively deal with unserved areas in the country. The LICSU is expected to ensure that newly developed and unserved urban settlements are piped and connected to the pipelines of GWCL.

‘Attaining Energy, Water and Food Security for All’

Keynote address by Mr. Kofi Annan at the 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit ‘Attaining Energy, Water and Food Security for All’. 

Register for the Seminar on monitoring of decentralised WASH services in West Africa

IRC and pS-eau, in partnership with ECOWAS, are organizing a bilingual seminar on Monitoring the decentralised delivery of WASH services in rural areas and small towns in West Africa from April 7th to 9th 2014 in Ouagagoudou, Burkina Faso. Designed in priority for stakeholders working in collaboration with local governments, this seminar will be an opportunity to share experiences in the field of monitoring WASH services at local level in West Africa. Register on Eventbrite to join the discussion.

Register for the seminar on the site of Eventbrite

Call for Abstracts - Seminar for monitoring WASH services in West Africa

The seminar on monitoring and evaluation of water and sanitation services in rural areas and small towns in West Africa will be structured around four themes:

  1. Monitoring and evaluation to support local governments’ water and sanitationstrategic planning
  2. Monitoring and evaluation to improve water, sanitation and hygiene services
  3. Monitoring and evaluation to manage water and sanitation services
  4. Monitoring and evaluation to regulate water and sanitation services

We are also interested in abstracts on related topics.

The abstract submission form needs to be sent in before 17th February 2014 (extended deadline).

Call for abstract.pdf (802.1 kB)

Seminar on monitoring of decentralised WASH services in West Africa

Updated - Friday 24 January 2014

Ouagaoudou, Burkina Faso, 07-09 April 2014

This is a bilingual seminar on Monitoring the decentralised delivery of WASH services in rural areas and small towns in West Africa in Ouagagoudou, Burkina Faso organised by IRC and pS-Eau. Designed in priority for stakeholders working in collaboration with local governments, this seminar will be an opportunity to share experiences in the field of monitoring WASH services at local level in West Africa.

The seminar will be structured around four themes:

  1. Monitoring and evaluation to support local governments’ water and sanitation strategic planning
  2. Monitoring and evaluation to improve water, sanitation and hygiene services
  3. Monitoring and evaluation to manage water and sanitation services
  4. Monitoring and evaluation to regulate water and sanitation services

but related topics are also of interest to the organisers.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 17 February 2014.

DPs confident sanitation in Ghana will improve if…

Development Partners (DPs) in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector are confident there is a good chance for improving Ghana’s sanitation situation through the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) model.

Bill Gates supports affordable bio-toilets for Ghanaians

ACCRA, Jan. 14 – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has offered a grant of one million US Dollars to the Biofilcom, inventors and producers of biofil toilets to scale up to make the toilets available at cheaper cost.

Liberia: WaterAid Ends Regional Health Workshop in Monrovia

WaterAid “an international non-profit organization transforming lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation”, has ended its first Regional Strategic Management Meeting in the Liberian capital Monrovia to discuss WASH related issues involving health and the way forward in continuing its support to the WASH sector.

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