Mole Conference ends with key decision points

Mole Conference ends with key decision points

The 26th edition of the annual Mole conference under the theme, ‘Financing the WASH within the SDGs: Options and strategies for Ghana’, ended in Upper East Regional capital, Bolgatanga on Friday, 23rd October, 2015  with key decision points.  

After a three-day mix of plenary, parallel and panel discussion sessions, ten decision points around the conference sub-themes were recommended to the CONIWAS Executive Council for approval. 

On the SDGs and local ownership, the conference proposed for CONIWAS to immediately liaise with the National Technical Steering Committee on SDGs in making inputs into the current SDG indicator development process; and to work with MMDAs and communities to define their localised SDG targets, etc.

To explore more sustainable financing options for implementation of the SDGs, the conference recommended a collaborative strategic institutional engagements (public and private) to trigger investments in WASH; intensify advocacy on the establishment of WASH Fund; and track government financial commitments (SWA, etc.) to WASH.

To achieve accelerated and sustainable impacts of WASH interventions, stakeholders proposed that government should emphasize and ensure that all stakeholders apply the Life Cycle Cost approach to programme design and implementation to ensure sustainability of WASH facilities. And that Ministries, Departments and Agencies in WASH should keenly encourage and monitor this as a rule.

On facilitating monitoring of WASH sector financing commitments, it was agreed that a monitoring framework linked to the Finance for Development framework should be developed to track government and donor commitments to SDG financing.

Finally, to promote effective Knowledge Management, the conference proposed sector-wide support for the adoption of a more structured learning framework to allow for a systematic process of building up and deploying knowledge to inform policy, practice and programming.

Mrs Marian Don-Chebe, CONIWAS Chair assured participants that the draft conference communique will be examined and approved by the CONIWAS Executive Council for immediate dissemination and follow-ups. She hinted in her closing remarks at the end of the conference, that a communique monitoring committee will soon be set up to monitor progress of implementation. 

Mole XXVI presentations - Day 2-4 is available here