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29th NLLAP (Multiple Use Services (MUS) for improved water service delivery in Ghana )

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.

Allocation of funds for district level WASH programmes: What is the ideal formula?

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.

Ghana WASH sector considering innovative mechanisms to finance Capital Maintenance Expenditure (CapManEx)

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.

IRC launches WASHCost campaign

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”.

Parliamentary Committee on Environment to champion biodiversity conservation

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

Hand washing with soap: a simple and inexpensive act that saves lives

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.

E-waste business in Ghana – poor workers dying for a living

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.

Pressures on land, water, energy threaten food security of poorest – Hunger Index

The latest Global Hunger Index says pressures on three key needs of people, land-water-energy, is threatening the food security of the poorest and most vulnerable around the world.

Sachet water producers urged to comply with safety standards

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.   

Institute for Democratic Governance detests environmental pollution in Ghana

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.

Turning waste to gain - The community-led Total Sanitation initiative

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.

MWRWH Postpones 4th Ghana Water Forum

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.

Despite Global Slowdown, African Economies Growing Strongly World Bank Urges Countries to Spend Their New Oil, Gas, and Mineral Wealth Wisely

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.

BNAIR introduces students to organic waste composting technologies

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.

NLLAP 28 (Framework for Developing Human Resources Capacity in the WASH Sector in Ghana)

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.

Water and sanitation Journalists Network open Ashanti Region branch

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 Public Toilet Incident in Kasoa - Sept 22, 2012

9 people feared dead in Kasoa this Saturday morning after a public toilet in which they were attending nature's call (shitting) sunk.

Tindang-Peliga – A beauty marred by open defecation

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.

Prez Mahama to develop Ekumfi in honour of late Prez Mills - pipelines for the supply of water under way

President John Dramani Mahama, has assured the people of Ekumfi in the Central Region of his commitment to develop the area in honour of the late President, John Evans Atta Mills, a son of the area. 

Prez Mahama promises to solve water problem within three weeks

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.

Civil society calls for timely release of funds for Ghana's water and sanitation activities

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.

No change in water, power tariffs – PURC

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.

General Electric to provide technology in $400m Ghana water rehabilitation works

US firm, General Electric (GE) is to provide technology and equipment for a $400 million water project in Ghana.

The deal was signed between the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) and the US government, contractor of the project, Environmental Chemical Corporation (ECC) last week.

We can solve our waste disposal concerns, it’s doable

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.

From wells to standpipes – a success story of rural water delivery

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.

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