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Mole XXVI Conference Report

Mole XXVI Conference Report

TitleMole XXVI Conference Report
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of PublicationSubmitted
Abstract

 
Under the theme, "Financing Water, Sanitation & Hygiene within the Sustainable Development Goals: Options and Strategies for Ghana", the purpose of Mole XXVI was to ensure that Ghana implements SDGs with feasible strategies and innovative financial arrangements which include ambitious targets for achieving country-wide (universal) access to WASH as a basic human right. 

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Under the theme, "Financing Water, Sanitation & Hygiene within the Sustainable Development Goals: Options and Strategies for Ghana", the purpose of Mole XXVI was to ensure that Ghana implements SDGs with feasible strategies and innovative financial arrangements which include ambitious targets for achieving country-wide (universal) access to WASH as a basic human right. 

A 12-point communiqué was issued at the end of the deliberations, which was adopted at plenary. Some of the highlights of the communiqué include: deepening understanding of the SDGs and promoting its local ownership, exploring more sustainable financing options for the implementation of the SDGs, achieving accelerated and sustainable impacts of WASH interventions, monitoring of WASH sector financing commitments, exploring more and better partnership opportunities for financing the WASH sector, and promoting effective Knowledge Management, learning and sharing. 

The conference employed plenary discussions, panel discussions, an exhibition and group activities to facilitate discussions and adoption of decisions. The main topics discussed under the sustainable financing sub-theme include public financing options market based financing approaches, grants and sponsorships. There was also a comparative analysis of the WSSDP and the SDGs, which revealed some gaps that need to be filled by the sector. There was a review of the Ghana Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Compact under the partnerships sub-theme in addition to an SNV/Fidelity Bank partnership that seeks to promote a market-based approach to sanitation service delivery.

The conference detailed report is available here