New sanitation think tank to bridge gap between policy and practice in Africa

Although several sanitation technologies and financing options are available to Africa, credible business models to take advantage of these are non-existent.

Further, even though demand-led approach to sanitation looks very promising, it is plagued by limitations and lack of knowledge in terms of context, scale and sustainability, while too little attention has been given to on-site sanitation, despite the fact that about 80 per cent of Africa’s population relies on this.


Mole Conference on sanitation urged to build new coalitions

The Senior Presidential Advisor, Paul Victor Obeng, yesterday, August 14, 2013 opened Ghana’s longest running water, sanitation and hygiene conference at Fumesua, near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, with a call on the about 140 participants to focus on building new coalitions of those who are willing to change the country’s fortunes.

To him, such action will enable appreciation of Ghana’s limitations, codify the country’s sanitation challenges and apply appropriate technologies to improve access to sanitation services.

MOLE 24 opening puts sanitation under the gavel

KUMASI (Ghana), Aug. 14 (MOLE)--   The 24th Mole Conference opened in
Kumasi on Wednesday with participants putting the need for scaling up
sanitation coverage in the country under the spotlight.
The three-day conference which was opened by Senior Presidential
Advisor, Paul Victor Obeng had  all the main speakers acknowledging
the slow performance in the sector, calling for stronger
collaborations among the stakeholders to scale up Ghana’s performance
in sanitation delivery which is the Millennium Development Goal-seven

Sanitation tops priorities list of Local Gov’t ministry-Oppong-Fosu

 At the top of the priorities list of the Ministry of Local government is the issue of sanitation, sector minister, Akwasi Oppong-Fosu has said. Delivering his address at the opening of the three-day 24th Mole Conference in Kumasi on Wednesday, the minister said sanitation will form the basis on which his tenure of office would be assessed.He said the bulk of the work will however be done by the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) as the various localities fall under their jurisdictions.

P.V. Obeng calls for accountability in Ghana sanitation and water delivery

Fumesua (Ash), Aug. 14, GNA – Mr Paul Victor Obeng, Senior Presidential Advisor has called on stakeholders in the water and sanitation sector to be bold in putting themselves in check if there has to be improvement.“Call yourselves to order, be prepared to name and shame the non-performers”, he added

Women’s day at Mole 24

The 24th edition of the Mole Conference series (Mole XXIV) got off to a spectacular start on Wednesday, 14th August with women providing an unanticipated but vital direction to drive frank and witty discussions.

It was a rare day at Mole when the close of day came too quickly for many participants, who appeared tireless and still willing to continue discussions. In terms of numbers, it was all square as seven men and seven women respectively took to the speaker’s box. But it was the women who lighted up the day, creating an enabling environment for a hearty deliberation.

Encourage children to practice personal hygiene

Fumesua (Ash), Aug.15, GNA –   Mr Eric Opoku, Ashanti Regional Minister
has charged parents and guardians to encourage their children,
especially those of school going age on the need to start practicing
personal hygiene at home.
 “Good hygiene practices must be encouraged to provide good health and
promote sanitation,” he added.
He gave the advice in a speech read for him by Mrs Vida Akyea,
Assistant Director of the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council (RCC)
at Fumesua near Kumasi at the Mole XXIV Conference.

10th CONIWAS AGM held

The 10th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the General Assembly of the Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) came off on Tuesday night as a precursor to the 24th Mole (Mole XXIV) conference.


A major decision taken by members was the unanimous selection of Mrs Mariam Don-Chebe of the Rural Women's Initiative for Development & Empowerment (RUWIDE) as new Vice Chair of CONIWAS. 

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: 


''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.


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


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’.