EHSD-Accra: 29-Oct-14 1:35:11 PM
The Tatale and Kpandai Districts in the Northern Region have established Learning Alliance Platforms (DLLAPs) to promote knowledge management in basic sanitation. The establishment of these DLLAPs was facilitated by the RCN through the Sanitation Knowledge Management Initiative (SKMI).
According to the Coordinator of the SKMI, Emmanuel Addai, even though there is a lot of activity and information related to basic sanitation on the field, much has not been done in documenting and sharing them to support programme visibility, fundraising, learning and effective decision-making right from the local to national levels.
According to Mr Addai, the SKMI seeks to narrow the knowledge gap in basic sanitation through the establishment of these DLLAPs.
The DLLAPs are multi-stakeholder knowledge management platforms to share information and knowledge on basic sanitation within the district and with other external stakeholders. In addition to sharing and learning, the DLLAPs are expected to contribute to effective decision-making, as well as feed into policy.
The maiden editions for the DLLAPs in the Talale and Kpandai Districts were held on 23rd and 24th October respectively with an average of 24 people drawn from the District Coordinating Council, Ghana Education Service/SHEP, Ghana Health Service, Traditional Authorities, Religious groupings, and other sanitation-related stakeholders. At both sessions, the District Coordinating Directors participated fully and both agreed to serve as the Chairman for the Core DLLAP Management Groups that were set up. The District Environmental Health Officers (DEHOs) will serve as the coordinators and conveners of the DLLAPs, which will be held every three months.
The RCN, a member of the Consortium Implementing the SKMI handling the communication and knowledge management portfolios, will provide technical support for the organization of every DLLAP session.
According to the National Coordinator of the RCN, two more DLLAPs for basic sanitation will be established in the Wa West and Lambusie Karni districts in November.
UNICEF and the DFATD (Canada) are the main funding and technical support partners for the SKMI, which is owned by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and coordinated by the EHSD.
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