The Resource Centre Network Ghana on Friday 2nd November hosted Dr Patrick Moriaty of IRC International and Mrs Victoria Norbgey of Water health International Ghana Office to share on the multiple use services (MUS) for improved water delivery in Ghana.this event took place at the Erata Hotel in Accra.
What started off as a commonplace lecture-like meeting in the Lira District Council Hall, ended up in a spirited discussion about a variety of issues around the delivery of water services in a decentralisation framework. Conditional grants for water and sanitation; mobile phones for water; as well as Hand Pump Mechanics Associations (HPMAs) were the key issues under consideration.
IRC Ghana, in conjunction with major stakeholders in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in Ghana, is considering various innovative ways of financing for Capital Maintenance Expenditure (CapManEx) for WASH facilities.
To this end, IRC Ghana, through its WASHCost and Triple S Projects, and in partnership with the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) and other stakeholders, has formed a committee to work on the initiative.
The Hague / Accra / Ouagadougou, 23 October 2012: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre is launching the online WASHCost campaign on the 24th October. WASHCost will promote the life-cycle costs approach which calculates the long-term costs of lasting Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Services.“The Life-cycle costs approach takes into account all cost elements of building and maintaining WASH infrastructure against the services actually received by users over time”, explains WASHCost Director Catarina Fonseca.”The campaign will be launched with an initial focus on sanitation. Every month we will compile the most relevant findings from the country research for an international audience. The campaign will run until March 2013”.
From Albert Oppong-Ansah, a GNA Special Correspondent, Hyderabad, India (Courtesy, Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat, Global Environmental Facility and Internews)
Hyderabad (India), Oct. 19, GNA –Three members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Environment Science and Technology participating in the on-going COP 11 of CBD on Friday said the conference had exposed them to many environmental issues which would help them champion biodiversity conservation
The second lady of the republic of Ghana, Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur has described hand washing with soap as a simple and inexpensive act that saves lives from many deadly diseases, including diarrhea and other related diseases. She said that as a mother, she appreciates the positive impact of hand washing with soap on all people, especially children and women. She added that one woman with a contaminated hand could affect the whole family. She stressed that promoting health and dignity through Hand washing with soap is a sure step to reducing deaths of children especially under five years in Ghana.
The mostly young men in their early 20s and 30s, including some teenagers who work at the Agbogbloshie scrap yard know the risks of dismantling electronics items, like computers, sound systems, and TV sets to extract the copper wires which they sell to make some money, but they have no choice. For them it is a matter of survival.
Koforidua Oct. 11, GNA - Mr George Pentsil, the Eastern Regional Officer of the Food and Drugs Board (FDB), has expressed concern that many sachet water producers were flouting operating standards, prescribed by the Board.
Accra, Oct. 10, GNA- The Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), has expressed concern about the incessant pollution of Ghana’s water bodies and land due to uncontrolled exploitation of its natural resources.
A GNA feature by Albert Oppong Ansah Tamale, Oct. 5, GNA - Thanks to the Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) intervention, Yong, a predominantly farming community in the Savelugu/Nanton Municipality of the Northern Region, has been transformed into a clean environment.
On behalf of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH), the Ghana Water Forum Organizing Committee wishes to announce that the fourth edition of the Ghana Water Forum (GWF4) scheduled for this year, 2012 has been postponed to 2013 due to recent national developments.
WASHINGTON, October 4, 2012 Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow at 4.8 percent in 2012, broadly unchanged from the 4.9 percent growth rate in 2011 and largely on track despite setbacks in the global economy, according to the World Bank s new Africa s Pulse, a twice-yearly analysis of the issues shaping Africa s economic prospects.
Kwabenya (GAR), Oct. 2, GNA –A Plant Research Scientist at the Biotechnology Nuclear Agricultural Research (BNAIR) Institute, has lauded the move to sensitize students to appreciate the need to learn composting technologies to ensure environmental cleanliness on campus.
The WASH sector Resource Centre Network (RCN) hosted the Department of Civil Engineering of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (DCE-KNUST)/ International Water Association (IWA)/ West Africa Capacity Building Network (WA-Net)/ and WD-MWRWH, to share the Framework for Developing Human Resources Capacity in the WASH Sector in Ghana.
The Ghana Watsan Journalists Network (GWJN), a grouping of journalists with interest in and focus on water, sanitation and hygiene issues, has inaugurated its Ashanti Region branch in the capital city of Kumasi.
The surroundings are lush and the greenness all around is enough to be the envy of many a city dweller. Here, there is no cacophony of noises coming from moving vehicles, tooting horns, screaming vehicle ‘mates’, industrial machinery and milling crowds.
President John Dramani Mahama has given the assurance to work within the next three weeks with Non-Governmental Organisations within the water sector to find a lasting solution to end the problems facing the sector.
Participants at the recently held annual water and sanitation conference in Tamale, dubbed Mole XXIII, have asked the government of Ghana to ensure the timely release of funds for activities in the country’s water and sanitation sector.
The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) announced on Tuesday that there would be no change in electricity and water tariffs for the third quarter, which spans the period September to November.
A statement signed by Dr Emmanuel Andah, Acting Chairman PURC, said the decision followed a review for electricity and water tariffs for the third quarter under the automatic adjustment formula.
Accra, Aug 29, GNA - Under the Youth Engagement in Service Delivery (YES) project, research has shown that a careful implementation of waste disposal structures could create opportunities for many and facilitate the development of the nation.
Although all may not be well with rural water delivery in Ghana, the water and sanitation development board of Anlo Afiadenyigba in the Anlo District of the Volta Region, has shown that with a sense of dedication and commitment, the country’s rural folks can access clean drinking water.