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Mole XXIV Conference Opens in Kumasi

The 24th edition of the Mole Conference series has opened in Kumasi, under the theme “Building Effective Partnership for Scaling-Up Sustainable Sanitation Services in Ghana”.  

 

The three-day national conference was opened by HE John Dramani Mahama, the President of the Republic of Ghana. Delivering the keynote address on behalf of the president, Mr. P. V. Obeng, Senior Presidential Advisor reflected on the current level of access to improved toilets of 15% against the MDG target of 54% with just 29 months to go, and admitted that this was an indication that all was not well with our sanitation management. 

Ghana’s sanitation problem can only be tackled through close collaboration - CONIWAS

The Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS), has stressed that while Ghana’s sanitation problem is huge, it can only be tackled with close collaboration among all national stakeholders.

Ghana’s sanitation, water experts meet at 24th Mole Conference

From Tuesday, August 13 to Friday, August 16, 2013, more than 100 experts and major players in Ghana’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector will converge in Kumasi for the 24th in series of the annual dialogues on Ghana’s WASH sector. The Mole conference series, which has become the number one multi stakeholder conference on water, sanitation and hygiene in Ghana, will this year be on the theme: ”Building Effective Partnership for Scaling-Up Sustainable Sanitation Services in Ghana”. 

Patrick Moriarty appointed new CEO of IRC

It is with great pleasure that I can announce, on behalf of the Supervisory Board, that Patrick Moriarty has been appointed as the new CEO of IRC starting 1 September 2013. 

As IRC is setting out a new course with the current Business Plan, taking a more pro-active role in the provision of sustainable WASH services, this is the right moment to appoint a CEO from the sector.

Patrick Moriarty appointed new CEO of IRC

It is with great pleasure that I can announce, on behalf of the Supervisory Board, that Patrick Moriarty has been appointed as the new CEO of IRC starting 1 September 2013. 

As IRC is setting out a new course with the current Business Plan, taking a more pro-active role in the provision of sustainable WASH services, this is the right moment to appoint a CEO from the sector.

Mole XXIV Conference,2nd Announcement & Call for Registration

The Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) wishes to announce for the information of prospective participants that the Mole XXIV Conference Registration is now open & the conference details are as follows: 

Theme:

''Building Effective Partnership for Scaling-Up Sustainable Sanitation Services in Ghana"

Plan Ghana to improve sanitation in Upper Manya

Plan Ghana, an international child-centred community development organisation, has taken steps to improve on sanitation in the Upper Manya Krobo District to ensure that the people live in a clean environment.

To that end, it has put up a 'sanitation market' at Asasehene in the district, where different types of KVIPs have been constructed to serve the people.

Ghana develops emergency preparedness and response plan for water, sanitation

Disasters, both natural and man-made, are a common phenomenon the world over, some of which escalate into emergencies as a result of their magnitude.

However, despite their unpredictability sometimes, the absence of a plan to deal with incidents and natural occurrences such as floods, earthquakes, civil strife and wars as well as fire outbreaks as has been experienced in Ghana lately, always has the propensity to aggravate an already bad situation

United Nations designates 19 November as World Toilet Day

The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution [1] on 24 July 2013, proposed by the Government of Singapore on "Sanitation for All" and the establishment of November 19th as World Toilet Day [2].  Adopted by consensus, the resolution was co-sponsored by more than 100 countries [3].

The amusement and laughter likely to follow the designation of 19 November as “World Toilet Day” would all be worthwhile if people’s attention was drawn to the fact that 2.5 billion people lacked proper sanitation and 1.1 billion were forced to defecate in the open, Singapore charge d'affaires Mark Neo told the General Assembly [4].

Only 40% of Ghanaians aware of Water Policy - WaterAid

The Government of Ghana has been asked as a key measure of improving access to water, to disseminate the water policy to the majority of Ghanaians, to enhance implementation of the policy.

Head of Policy and Partnership at WaterAid Ghana, Mr Ibrahim Musah, said policy distribution or dissemination by translating it into local languages for the citizenry to understand has not been done.

NLLAP 36 (Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP) for water security and sustainable national development)

NLLAP 36 hosted the Global Water Partnership on the theme Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP) for water security and sustainable national development.the event which attracted over 70 participants took place at the Erata Hotel on the 11th of July 2013.

NLLAP 35 (Gender Mainstreaming: An Assessment of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sector in Ghana)

The 35th edition of National Level Learning Alliance Platform,hosted the Ministry of Water Resources Works and Housing (MWRWH) and Plan Consult to share on the theme  Gender Mainstreaming: An Assessment of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sector in Ghana.This edition took place on the 27th of June 2013 at the Coconut Groove Regency Hotel Accra.

West Africa Learning and Exchange Workshop “Towards sustainable total sanitation”

Cotonou, Benin, 12-14 November 2013

Organised by: IRC, UNICEF, WaterAid and SNV

This workshop targets sanitation practitioners that have hands-on experience with the implementation of Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programmes and projects and aims to bring together professionals working on rural sanitation in West Africa, particularly practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and people from government agencies, donors and media.

Why bother about WASH technologies?

“Why bother about WASH technologies? Current discourse is on sustainable service delivery monitoring and governance. Many WASH technologies, such as the India Mark II handpump and the VIP latrine, were successfully adopted and have improved the lives of millions. However, not all promising WASH technologies invented or introduced have provided sustainable services. And most technology does not function all of the time. These are lost opportunities..”. André Olschewski of the Skat Foundation wrote this in his blog post TAF & TIP: Why bother about technologies?.

CWSA introduces Smarter-WASH to monitor functionality of systems

The Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) has piloted a cutting edge technology that will enable it get real time data on which of its pumps, mechanised boreholes or water systems is providing the desired services to the people of Ghana.

GHANA TO REVISE SWA COMPACT-EHSD BOSS

The Acting Director of the Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Naa Lenason Demedeme, says that the 2010 Ghana Compact signed in Washington will be revised, if Ghana really means to attain her 54 per cent Millennium Development goal for sanitation and hygiene by 2015.

Dealing with corruption in the water and sanitation sector – WIN leads the charge

BY EDMUND SMITH-ASANTE, BACK FROM THE NETHERLANDS

Though corruption and the issue of integrity in institutions and among individuals have existed over the years, they have often been spoken of with muffled voices.While people are quick to admit in private that corruption pervades the air, those same people are unwilling to publicly admit that it is an issue that seriously hampers the delivery of services and when in public speak about it with a hush.The reason is that many see it as a very sensitive and delicate issue to be spoken of in public, lest one loses favour with the powers that be or is blacklisted in the award of contracts or be branded as cowards, not being smart, anti-social and ‘enemies of progress’.

World Bank approves US$155 million for Water and Sanitation in Ghana

The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$155 million International Development Association (IDA) grant to support the Government of Ghana’s efforts to increase access to sanitation and water supply services.
It is also intended for the improvement of the capacity of government agencies to plan and manage natural resources more sustainably. 
According to a statement from the World Bank, the funds will support two of the Government of Ghana’s priorities: manage natural resources in a sustainable manner and bring improved sanitation and water supply to over 3.6 million people living in and around the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA).

2nd NRLAP

This folder contains the presentations and other documents from the 2nd NRLAP meeting.

1ST NRLAP

This folder contains the presentations and other documents on the 1st Northern Regional Learning Alliance Platform (NRLAP) that took place at the CWSA Northern Regional office on 5 February 2013.

NLLAP 34 (Community initiatives and impact on WASH services delivery in Ghana: The Community perspective)

The 34th NLLAP hosted CONIWAS and four communities of their operation (Nima,LA,Mallam and Teshie) under the theme Community initiatives and impact on WASH services delivery in Ghana: The Community perspective. This edition of the NLLAP took place at the ERATA Hotel in Accra on 14th June 2013.

Forum asks governments to promote water integrity

participants at the just ended Water Integrity Forum (WIF) held in Delft, The Netherlands, together with partners of the forum, have called on governments, the United Nations (UN) and international organisations, the corporate sector and civil society to promote water integrity in their operations.

Maintaining that the costs of inaction are just too high to remain passive, the three-day forum which ended June 7, 2013 stated that although fighting corruption is an essential first step, it is not sufficient to deal with the issues of integrity.

Global water shortages due to governance failures – Integrity Forum

The first ever forum on integrity in the water sector jointly organised by the Water Integrity Network (WIN), UNESCO – IHE Institute for Water Education and the Water Governance Centre (WGC), has found that water shortages in most countries are not due to resource scarcity but due to governance failures.

In a statement issued after a three-day forum on water integrity in Delft, The Netherlands from June 5, 2013 to June 7, 2013, the over 100 participants from 60 organisations cutting across all continents, agreed “Fragmented institutions obstruct accountability in a sector with high investment and aid flows, making it particularly vulnerable to corruption"

Govt Needs GH¢443m To Improve Water, Sanitation

The Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Alhaji Collins Dauda, has underscored the need for public-private partnerships to pool resources to solve the water and sanitation problems confronting the nation.
He said GH¢443,250,000 was required by the government annually to improve water and sanitation.

Proposed sustainable development goal for WASH forgets about sustainability

Published last week, the final report of the UN High Level Panel (HLP) puts forward recommendations for post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre welcomes this timely and concise report as well as the broad consultation process upon which it was built.

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