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.

Triple-S Ghana shares baseline report of Three Districts

The Triple-S Ghana project has concluded and is sharing a report of a baseline study on the status of rural water facilities in Ghana.The report presents a synthesis of the results of a baseline assessment of the status of service levels, service providers and support functions in three districts in Ghana.

The main objective of the report is to identify strengths and gaps in the provision of sustainable water services at service provision and district levels, particularly in terms of compliance with the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) norms and standards for service levels, and service provider and service authority functions. A set of indicators was developed to assess and monitor sustainable service provision.

First Water Integrity Forum comes off June 2013


The first ever international forum on water integrity dubbed Water Integrity Forum, takes place in Delft, the Netherlands from June 5, 2013 to June 7, 2013.
Co-organised by the Water Integrity Network (WIN), Water Governance Centre (WGC) and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, the three-day conference is meant to address the need for extending the reach of water integrity action.
Specifically, the main objectives of the forum are to take stock of progress in addressing corruption issues in the water sector, share knowledge, approaches and experiences, and build alliances to address integrity challenges in the water sector.

Open defecation - Over 5.7m Ghanaians now do it daily


In just two years it will be time for reckoning, when countries belonging to the United Nations gather to compare notes on how they have fared in 25 years since they set targets for themselves with respect to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 1990.

Ghana reduces shared latrine usage to 35 percent


From a high rate of 52 per 100 persons that used shared latrines in Ghana, the figure has dropped to 35 per 100 people, according to the 2011 Multi Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) report.

International Biodiversity Day to focus on water

The world marks International Biodiversity Day tomorrow, May 22 with the theme, “Water and Biodiversity”.

Open defecation still a problem in Volta Region

Chiefs, the media, religious and civil society oganisations in the Volta Region have been called upon to join forces using religious norms to address the incidence of open defecation (OD) in the region.

NLLAP 33 (Water service monitoring in three districts in Ghana)

The 33rd edition of NLLAP hosted IRC Ghana to share their monitoring experience on water services in three districts in Ghana.The event took place at the Erata hotel Accra on the 2nd of May 2013.

WEST Africa Regional HWTS Workshop opens in Ghana


The West Africa Regional Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) workshop has opened in Accra, Ghana. The three day workshop, which spans from 6th to 8th May 2013 is hosted by the Government of Ghana with support from UNICEF and the Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) Network under the theme, “Scaling up HWTS -National Policy Environment and Integration Strategies”.

NADMO partners MP to complete Wasakuse Water Project

The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) is partnering Madam Comfort Doyoe Ghansah, Member of Parliament for Ada East, to complete a water project for the people.

Minister hails Sanipath study at NLLAP 32

Alhaji Collins Dauda, the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing hailed the SaniPath project study, when he delivered a short address on the theme of the study, ‘Assessmentof Fecal Exposure Pathways in Low-Income Urban Settings’, at the 32nd edition of the National Level Learning Alliance Platform (NLLAP) forum in Accra.

Ghana Water Company names new MD

Government has appointed Kwaku Godwin Dovlo, a civil engineer, as the new Managing Director of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL).

The Board of Directors of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) made the appointment following a directive from the Presidency.

Community Water and Sanitation Agency adds innovation to sustain water service delivery

The Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), on Wednesday engaged stakeholders on how to improve and sustain water service delivery through partnerships with beneficiaries.

The meeting, which was on the theme: “Sustaining Water Service Delivery: Innovations and Partnerships for Scaling-up”, would also showcase innovations and works by the Agency in some selected Districts to enhance water delivery services at the community level.

Sanitation Police to be introduced

Zoom Alliance, a subsidiary of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, is to introduce a Community Sanitation Police and Monitoring Taskforce to deal with the poor sanitation in the country. The company is, therefore, collaborating with the Ministry for Local Government and Rural Development (MLRD) and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to operationalise the deal.

West Africa water and sanitation journalists network elects new executives

The West Africa water, sanitation and hygiene journalists network, WASH-JN, has elected into office, a five-member executive committee, to oversee activities of the network for the next two years.

Volta Regional Learning Alliance Platform holds first meeting

 With the increasing awareness of learning and sharing as an integral part of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services sustainability, there is the gradual attempt by sector players to ensure its uptake across Ghana.

WASH stakeholders in the Volta Region launched its first Regional Level Learning Alliance Platform (RLLAP) on 13th March, 2013. The Deputy Regional Director of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) who chaired the event gave the opening address. He stressed on the need to share information, stating that loads of information have been gathered by past and present initiatives but little sharing has been done. He indicated that this is the time to form partnerships and encourage multi stakeholder dialogues to enable us learn from our experiences. He stated that, that will enable us develop capacities to meet future WASH challenges. He called on all to take the platform seriously and appreciate the great opportunity it offers. He also stated that the platform will furthermore open the door to more interaction and networking among sector stakeholders within the region and beyond. On that score he declared the first meeting officially opened on behalf of the Director who he stood in for.

Stakeholders deliberate on promoting water integrity in Africa

The maiden regional workshop aimed at reinforcing efforts to promote integrity and accountability at all levels of the water management and service delivery chain in the Sub-Saharan African regions, is currently under way in Accra.

Minister vows decisive action to protect water bodies

Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, has vowed to take decisive actions to stop the destruction of water bodies by illegal miners.

Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium

In recent years many more people have gained access to an improved water supply; unfortunately access to sanitary facilities is still lagging behind. One of the biggest challenges is how to sustain these newly built water facilities and make sure that people have continuous and reliable access to a supply of good quality water in sufficient quantities.

Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium

In recent years many more people have gained access to an improved water supply; unfortunately access to sanitary facilities is still lagging behind. One of the biggest challenges is how to sustain these newly built water facilities and make sure that people have continuous and reliable access to a supply of good quality water in sufficient quantities.

Dakar hosts 3rd West Africa WASH Journalists AGM

Beginning today in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, is the 3rd annual general meeting of the West Africa Water and Sanitation Journalists Network (WASH-JN).

Stakeholder bemoans the current state of school toilet facilities in Ghana

“The division of toilet blocks between students and teachers is not fair!”, this was the frustration of Ms Destina Samani , the Country Director of Water and Sanitation for Africa, Ghana. Ms Samani  complained that , it was not fair to give two separate blocks of toilet facilities to teachers of eight whiles over four hundred pupils share four facilities. According to her this was the  case in most public basic schools in Ghana, which leaves these pupils with inadequate access as their numbers exceed the facilities available to them hence the unhygienic state of the facilities, coupled with the improper maintenance culture

Driving Behavior Change for WASH Sustainability

The development of a group of people is said to be in their own hands and the key driver of this assertion is Behavior Change. Behavior change communication (BCC) has therefore become very important in achieving WASH sector policy and strategic objectives. In Ghana, there are some stories of successful attempts of WASH BCC strategy implementation. However, there more stories of some failed attempts.