Can the human right to water and sanitation help us address the sustainability crisis? (Part 1)

Coverage, slippage, stagnation, universal access, asset management, sustainable cost recovery, capital maintenance. Progressive realisation, prohibition of retrogression, permissible retrogression, use of maximum available resources.

Local Government workers throws weight behind new sector Minister

The Local Government Workers Union (LGWU) has pledged its commitment to work with Mr. Akwasi Oppong-Fosu, new Minister of Local Government and Rural Development towards efficient service delivery in Ghana’s decentralization programme.

Over 170 thousand Africans join world to march for water in March

Over 170,000 people in Africa are already planning to take part in walks for water in 25 countries including Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Malawi and Madagascar in the month of March this year.

Daboase water treatment headworks to produce 22 million gallons of water

The Daboase Water Treatment Headworks in the Sekondi/Takoradi metropolis is to be expanded to produce 22 million gallons of water a day to meet the growing demand resulting from the rise in the population of residents of the metropolis.

EPA asks stakeholders to collaborate for water quality in Brong-Ahafo

The Brong-Ahafo Regional Directorate of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has called for collaboration with stakeholders in ensuring environmental best practices for the early detection of any change in water quality in the Region.

Ghanaians should commend government for sanitation initiatives – MCE

The Effutu Municipal Chief Executive, Nii Ephraim, has expressed the need for Ghanaians to commend the government for recognising the importance of sanitation as one of its priorities.

Acute water shortage hits Funsi

An acute water shortage has hit Funsi, the district capital of the Wa East disrupting economic and social activities of workers and the inhabitants.

Third announcement IRC symposium 2013

We are very excited that the “Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium” is right around the corner—seven weeks away to be exact! In this third announcement, we share with you the draft programme for the event. Want to know what will be discussed during the topic sessions? Curious to know more about extra sessions and side events? Read the up-to-date topic descriptions and information on all sessions.

WASH stakeholders host First RLLAP in Tamale

Stakeholders in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in the Northern Region have met to establish a quarterly multi-stakeholder learning and sharing platform, the Regional Level Learning Alliance Platform (RLLAP), in Tamale. This is to promote vibrant regional WASH sector dialogue through reflective sharing of ideas, experiences and best practices, and to synchronise project activities and initiatives for efficient service delivery

Achieving water security: global concerns and local realities, Overseas Development Institute, 06 February 2013

ODI together with WaterAid and IRC is pleased to invite you to a launch event, seminar and photo exhibition on Achieving water security: global concerns and local realities, to be held at ODI on 6th February 2013, 5.15 - 6.45 pm.

We need innovation in water, sanitation management – World Bank specialist

Dr Beatrix Allah-Mensah, Senior Social Development Specialist, World Bank, Tuesday said institutional arrangements, approaches and methodologies for  developing, use and management of water and sanitation services needed to be looked at again so as to factor in gender and household–based elements.

Open defecation said to be costing Ghana $79m per year

Professor Chris Gordon, Director, Institute of Environment and Sanitation, University of Ghana, Legon, on Tuesday said open defecation cost Ghana $79 million per year, where as it would require less than one million latrines to eliminate the practice.

Developing countries need laws on plastics disposal – Dr Ahenkorah

Dr Alfred Ahenkorah, Executive Secretary of the Energy Commission, on Wednesday tasked developing countries to promulgate laws on the disposal of plastics and electronic waste.

Ghana starts $595m Accra sewage project

President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday said the attitude of dumping garbage into gutters and drains was not only a health threat, but an impediment to the achievement of Millennium Development Goal on sanitation

Ghana Urban Water completes dredging of Daboase Water Intake Point

The Ghana Urban WaterCompany Limited (GUWCL) has completed removing silt deposited at the Daboase Water Intake Point in the Wassa East District of the Western Region.

We will eliminate pan latrines this year – AMA Boss assures

The Mayor of Accra, Mr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuye has assured that in the Accra Metropolitan Assemply’s bid to improve the sanitary conditions of the capital, it will eliminate the use of pan latrines this year.

Bongo farmers want mechanized borehole for irrigation

Bongo-Tankoo Noyine Co-Operative Farmers Society Limited (TANDA), in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region is appealing for support to help mechanize a high yielding borehole for irrigation in the Tankoo community.

NLLAP 30 (Costing Sustainable Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Services in Ghana)

The WASH sector Resource Centre Network (RCN) hosted , IRC Ghana and the WASHCost Ghana team, on the successful end of project sharing and also for  the Life Cycle Cost Approach (LCCA) Training  from 29-30 November, 2012 at the  Coconut Grove Regency Hotel (the Banquet hall), Accra. The discussions were led with  presentations from  Dr Catarina Fonseca of IRC international and Dr Kwabena Nyarko of DCE/KUNST.

WASHCost End-of-Project meeting held in Accra.

The WASHCost Ghana End-of-Project meeting has been held in Accra. The meeting was also used as a National Seminar on Life Cycle Cost Approach (LCCA) for sustainable costing for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) service delivery. It was under the theme: Costing Sustainable Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Services in Ghana.

‘What you don’t cost, you can’t do’ – Ghana WASH coordinator assesses the impact of WASHCost

“If we did not cost something, it did not get done.” That is the blunt assessment of Charlotte Engmann,  from Ghana’s  Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA ), about life before WASHCost.

Have your voice heard, water in the post-2015 development agenda

The water consultation is part of the UN-system led “global dialogue” comprising of 50 - 100 Country Consultations and eleven global Thematic Consultations, among them the one on water. It is co-led by UN-Water, UNDESA and UNICEF.

Teshie Nungua to enjoy clean, safe water

Accra, Nov. 8, GNA – The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank Group, on Thursday announced supporting an investment to supply 60,000 cubic meters of potable water per day to Teshie Nungua near Accra.

World Vision inaugurates multi-purpose solar mechanised water system at Gonum

Gonum(UE), Nov. 7, GNA- World Vision, an international NGO on Monday inaugurated a multipurpose solar mechanised water system at Gonum in the Kassena Nankana West District of the Upper East Region at the cost of GH¢ 110,000.

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.