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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.

NLLAP40 (Implementing CLTS in Small Towns: Looking back to inform our way forward)

The Resource Centre Network (RCN) Ghana hosted The NORST Project, implemented under the auspices of Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate (EHSD) and in collaboration with UNICEF led the discussion, with the objective of sharing the learning experience from the NORST project, which is implementing CLTS in Small Towns in the Northern Region of Ghana. Under the theme " Implementing CLTS in Small Towns: Looking back to inform our way forward".

Open defaecation threatens Ada West

An epidemic is looming in the Ada West District in the Greater Accra Region where some residents in many of the communities have resorted to indiscriminate defaecation because the public toilets are not usable.

Whereas some of them engage in 'free range' (defaecating in open spaces), especially around the public toilets, others parcel their faeces in black plastic bags at home and deposit them anywhere in their communities.

Development partners expect inclusive discussion to achieve sanitation goal

Counsellor of Development Canada, Dr. Cheryl Gopaul-Saikali has outlined three expectations development partners in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector require to achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on Sanitation. One of such indicators, to her, was bringing information from the field to the national level for inclusive discussion, adding that it would support the up scaling of sanitation. 

Water for each Ghanaian reduces from 110 barrels to 48 daily

Ghana's water availability figure of about 40,000 barrels for each person a year in 1960, going by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) figures, dwindled to about 10,178 barrels annually in 2013.
This means there has been a whooping reduction of about 60 per cent of water that is available to every Ghanaian in the spate of 53 years.

Fund to support water, sanitation initiatives in perspective

The water and sanitation challenges are immense and require the mobilization of more funds, collaboration and mutualization of best practices. In this respect, WSA will be launching a fund to support various initiatives in water and sanitationat the on-going High Level Forum on water and sanitation for all. 

High level forum 2013 responds to water, sanitation challenges

According to the Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire, HE Danial Komlan Duncan, who officially opened High Level Forum on water and sanitation in Abidjan, Africa cannot remain indifferent while seventy percent of hospital beds are occupied by persons suffering from preventable water and sanitation related illnesses despite the efforts being made by various countries. He said since such a negative situation limits the potentials of individuals in their contribution togrowth and development, “it is imperative to reverse this trend especially due to the rapid population growth in Africa that will cover 25% of the global population by 2050.” “This search for solutions undoubtedly requires the development of an African expertise to serve Africans,” said the Ivorian Minister for construction, housing and sanitation, Mamadou Sanogo. 

Governments, CSOs urged to work jointly to tackle sanitation for women’s health

A collaborative approach between the Ghanaian Government, civil society and business is essential to getting the Millennium Development Goal sanitation target back on track in order to improve the health and prosperity of women in the country. This call comes in a new report jointly published on World Toilet Day by the United Nations hosted organisation Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, international charity WaterAid and Unilever. The report is published on the first UN recognised World Toilet Day, which serves as a reminder of the 21.6 million people lacking access to an adequate toilet in Ghana, with devastating consequences in particular for the well-being, health, education and empowerment of women and girls in the country. 

Lack of political will ; Cause of Ghana’s sanitation woes

Wateraid Ghana, an international non-governmental organisation, has blamed Ghana’s sanitation crisis on the lack of will and commitment on the part of the government to deal with issues in the sector.

 

Speaking with a select group of journalists in Accra on Tuesday, on the current state of Ghana’s sanitation, the Country Representative of WaterAid Ghana, Dr Afia Zakiya, said, “A staggering 87 per cent of the population (more than 21 million people) do not have access to adequate sanitation.

Governments, CSOs urged to work jointly to tackle sanitation for women’s health

A collaborative approach between the Ghanaian Government, civil society and business is essential to getting the Millennium Development Goal sanitation target back on track in order to improve the health and prosperity of women in the country. This call comes in a new report jointly published on World Toilet Day by the United Nations hosted organisation Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, international charity WaterAid and Unilever.

Nima, Ashiaman, others hold crisis talks on sanitation.

Representatives of Nima, Ashiaman, Ada and Mallam communities at a crisis talk on sanitation and hygiene, on Monday described the sanitary conditions in their localities as devastating and endangering human lives. They said open and indiscriminate defecation is rampant while open gutters at lorry stations and markets centres are choked with polythene bags stuffed with human excreta. 

NLLAP 39 "GOVERNANCE AND TRANSPARENCY FUND (GTF) PROGRAMME EVALUATION AND IMPACT ASSESSMENT IN GHANA" and "DEBRIEFING AND VALIDATION OF GOG-UNICEF GENDER AND WASH ASSESSMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF GENDER MAINSTREAMING GUIDELINES AND TOOLKIT"

The 39th edition of NLLAP  hosted  with EHSD-MLGRD/  UNICEF, under the theme "DEBRIEFING AND VALIDATION OF GOG-UNICEF GENDER AND WASH ASSESSMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF GENDER MAINSTREAMING GUIDELINES AND TOOLKIT" and  WaterAid/ CONIWAS, on the theme "GOVERNANCE AND TRANSPARENCY FUND (GTF) PROGRAMME EVALUATION AND IMPACT ASSESSMENT IN GHANA".this edition took place on the 31st October 2013 at the Coconut Groove Regency Hotel Accra.

Pupils meet to discuss WASH issues in Ghana at the 4th Children and Youth Forum

Thirty two pupils selected from the ten regions of Ghana have gathered in Accra on Tuesday to discuss their ambassadorial roles to ensuring that water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities are made available and used properly in their schools as well as communities. They are expected to practice whatever they learn about WASH during this period at their various localities and schools. These young delegates would be taught how to keep their water sources clean, proper washing of hands with soap and water and also do a simple test to check the quality of the water they use.

WaterAid to use ‘World Toilet Day’ to highlight Ghana’s sanitation problem -

WaterAid Ghana, a non-governmental organisation, has hailed the declaration by the United Nations of November 19 as ‘World Toilet Day’, saying it will use the commemoration of the day to draw the attention of government to the gravity of the country’s sanitation problem.

“We’ll certainly be working with private sector, civil society organisations, academia and others to use ‘World Toilet Day’ to draw attention to governments of the enormous scale of the problem,” Dr. Afia S. Zakiya, WaterAid Ghana’s Country Representative said in a statement.

Regular hand washing with soap most effective lives saver

Head of Policy and Partnership at WaterAid Ghana, Ibrahim Musah has argued that observing hand washing with soap before eating and after using the toilet regularly could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention. It is also the most effective way to avert Disability-adjusted Life Years (DALYs) associated with diarrheal diseases. “Hand washing is also less expensive than immunization; for instance, one DALY requires investment in measles immunization anywhere from $250 to $4,500.” Mr. Musah added it would also reduce deaths from diarrheal by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter.

Water deficit in Accra stands at 57 million gallons

Daily water demand in Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) stands at 150 million gallons although Kpong and Weija treatment plants, the major water treatment plants serving the area, can only produce 93 million gallons a day. 
Currently, Weija produces 53 million gallons while Kpong generates 40 million gallons per day, creating a deficit of 57 million gallons, Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing said.

Water and Sanitation for Africa to facilitate GLAAS process in Ghana, 19 countries

To assist facilitate the UN-Water Global Assessment and Analysis of Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLAAS) implementation and country level consultations in Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO), is working closely with the Pan African Inter-governmental Agency, Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA).

WSA will lead the country level process in Ghana and 19 other African countries where they have field staff, while WHO, would support the process through its own country offices in 10 more countries, to make the total 30

Consultants ‘chop’ big money meant for sanitation project

Large sums of money allocated to five metropolitan assemblies in 2010 under the Second Urban Environmental Sanitation Project (UESP II) were used to pay consultants rather than for the project, the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament (PAC) learnt yesterday.

Water: A life and death issue at Sang

A number of people at Sang, capital town of newly created Mion District in the Northern Region have expressed worry about the lack of potable water and very limited access to sanitation. The situation is likely to aggravate during the coming harmattan season if swift and special attention is not given to the predominantly farming community.  Water is so scarce that the people share the resource in the local dam with animals. 

NLLAP 38 (Modelling Sanitation Learning Agenda for Evidence-based Bridging of the Policy-Practice Gap in Ghana)

The 38th edition of National Level Learning Alliance Platform hosted the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) together with Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA),to share on the theme, "Modelling Sanitation Learning Agenda for Evidence-based Bridging of the Policy-Practice Gap in Ghana"

WASHCost End-of-Project Evaluation

Year of publication: 2013

WASHCost - a US$ 14.5m, five-year project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and implemented by the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) - has been a bold, global attempt to gain accurate knowledge on disaggregated water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) costs in rural and peri-urban areas.  

Chiefs must use taboos to stop open defecation – CONIWAS -

Mr Benjamin Arthur, Executive Secretary, Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS), has appealed to traditional authorities to use traditional values and custom to promote sanitation.

He appealed to them to revive cultural values which made open defecation a taboo to help reduce the practice in the country.

Mr Arthur said this at a day’s seminar for selected “community champions” in the Volta Region on scaling up improved sanitation services through the use of social norms.

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