A new joint initiative in Ghana aims to ensure that monitoring information is effectively used to keep water and sanitation services working.
The Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, Akvo, Water for People and SkyFox have launched SMARTerWASH, a 3-year project to monitor water and sanitation in 64 districts, nearly one third of Ghana.
Indicators for functionality, service levels and sustainability have recently been developed and tested, using mobile phone technology and a web-based application.
SMARTerWASH will mainstream the monitoring vision and operational guidelines of the CWSA so that districts will have the necessary data to solve problems with infrastructure and community service providers.
AKVO FLOW will be used for collecting the data.
At the same time Ghanaian private company SkyFox will set up an SMS alert system and strengthen customer relationships between community service providers, area mechanics and spare part distributors.
For more information go to www.irc.nl/SMARTerWASH
Posted in Ghana, Information and communication, Monitoring & evaluation, Water supply
Tagged Akvo FLOW, Community Water and Sanitation Agency, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, mobile phones, monitoring, rural water supply, SkyFox, SMARTerWASH, SMS, Water For People, water security
Sapling handwashing, Malawi. Photo: Plan Malawi
Eight African countries are creatively achieving the goals of community led total sanitation programmes (CLTS) including one idea in Malawi where handwashing is monitored according to the health of tree seedlings planted beneath water outlets.
In Zambia several schools have established vegetable gardens to reduce malnutrition and improve school attendance. Some of the harvests have been sold raising funds for school activities.
In Sierra Leone men have traditionally been the community leaders but women are now being encouraged to play a major part in village committees and networks of natural leaders. To support CLTS women conduct house-to-house monitoring, giving health talks and reporting diseases –- many of them overcoming challenges such as illiteracy to maintain the programme.
Plan International’s five year Pan African CLTS (PAC) programme which ends in December, 2014, is operating in the eight countries of Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and Malawi, Ghana and Niger. With the backing of the Dutch government the project was designed to promote and scale up sanitation in communities and schools.
Posted in Ethiopia, Gender, Ghana, Hygiene promotion, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, On-site sanitation, Sanitation, School sanitation, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zambia
Tagged Community-Led Total Sanitation, Institute for Development Studies, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, irc's approach, open defecation-free villages, Plan International
The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has appealed to donor agencies to introduce anti-corruption policies and tools in all their water sector activities. This was one of the recommendations of Ghana’s National Water Supply Integrity Study  undertaken by GII as part of the Transparency and Integrity in Service Delivery in Africa (TISDA) programme funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The GII study mentions not only petty corrupt practices like illegal connections and illegal payments to meter readers, but also instances where a single contractor bought and priced all bidding documents.
Posted in Advocacy, Ghana, Governance, Publications, Transparency, Water supply
Tagged Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ghana Integrity Initiative, local support, source_publish, Transparency and Integrity in Service Delivery in Africa, Transparency International, water security
His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, former President of Ghana (2001-2009) and former Chairperson of the African Union (2007–2008), will be the first high-level Chair of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership. Kufuor is a passionate global advocate for leadership, governance and development. He is widely regarded for his African and international statesmanship, and his contributions have been recognized through awards such as the 2011 World Food Prize.
Additional information on Sanitation and Water for All, including partners, activities and governance can be found at: www.sanitationandwaterforall.org
Read the full press release [Sanitation and Water for All, 15 Nov 2011]
One out of three rural water supply systems in developing countries doesn’t function at all or performs far below its promised level. IRC’s Triple-S (Sustainable Services at Scale) initiative has put together a web resource to help those involved in financing, planning or implementing rural water supply projects or providing services. The website brings together the latest thinking on creating water services that last, including results from Triple-S work in Ghana and Uganda. It covers key elements such as monitoring, financial planning, institutional models, and capacity building for service providers and local government. Here you’ll find tools, concepts, case studies, videos, cartoons, and more.
Web site: www.waterservicesthatlast.org
Political stability has heavily influenced progress in improving access to water supply and sanitation services with low-income stable countries outperforming low-income fragile and resource-rich countries. ”This breaks with the common perception that access to sanitation and water increases with GDP”, says Senior Financial Specialist Dominick de Waal, lead author of a new report  by the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP).
The report, commissioned by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), maps progress in water supply and sanitation of 32 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. WSP carried out the country studies together with the African Development Bank in close partnership with UNICEF, WHO, and the 32 governments.
Posted in Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Financing, Gambia, Ghana, Governance, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Policies & legislation, Publications, Rwanda, Sanitation, Scaling up, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Sustainable services, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Water supply, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Tagged AMCOW, finance, irc's approach, source_publish, Water and Sanitation Program
Mr Edem Asimah, Chairman of the Select Committee on Water and Sanitation, [has] urged government to determine its own water delivery systems for the people and not allow donors to impose their conditions on us.
He said over the years various governments had failed to stop donors from imposing conditionalities on the water sector and this had negatively affected the quality of water delivery in the country.
Mr Asimah, who is the Member of Parliament for South Dayi, was speaking at a stakeholder seminar organized by CONIWAS in collaboration with Water Aid, Ghana on [...] “The right to water and sanitation in Ghana: A national action plan for implementation”.
Mr Ben Arthur, Executive Secretary of CONIWAS, said even though Ghanaians have the right to demand for water and sanitation services from state institutions it should not be misinterpreted that the services should be free.
He said every right exercised by the people came with a lot of responsibilities, which Ghanaians must not gloss-over.
He said the government had a responsibility to [...] protect people who could not afford the water [and]
to ensure that people have access to good drinking water and at reasonable prices.
[T]he Coalition had already presented a memorandum for the adoption of the rights to water and sanitation to the Constitutional Review Committee.
Source: GNA, 28 Jul 2011
On Thursday, after 23 years of hard work and a major setback, Ghana finally declared victory over Guinea worm.
Vice President John Dramani Mahama has called on volunteers and co-ordinators of the Guinea Worm Eradication Programme to be extra vigilant in ensuring that guinea worm did not resurface as the country entered the final phase of the eradication of the disease.
Read the full stories in Times Live, 28 July 2011 and GNA/Ghana, 28 July 2011
In spite of the Government’s pledge to commit 0.5% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to sanitation, the 2011 budget made provision for only 0.1%, said Executive Secretary of the Coalition of NGOs in water and sanitation (CONIWAS), Mr Benjamin Arthur. Ghana is one of the signatories of the 2008 eThekwini Declaration in which 17 African governments pledged to allocate a minimum of 0.5% of GDP for sanitation and hygiene.
Arthur said despite the government’s 2010 promise to commit 200 million dollars every year towards water and sanitation activities beginning in 2011, this year’s budget did not reflect that commitment.
Posted in Financing, Ghana, Policies & legislation, Sanitation, Water supply
Tagged COHRE, CONIWAS, finance, right to sanitation, right to water, water security, WaterAid
Photograph by Matthew Muspratt
Ashley Murray, founder and director of Waste Enterprisers in Ghana, has been awarded US$ 10,000 by National Geographic’s 2011 Emerging Explorers Program. The program recognises promising young adventurers, scientists, photographers, and storytellers.
In their commendation, National Geographic wrote:
Ashley Murray is working to revolutionize the way the world thinks about waste, but rather than pointing to public health or the environment, she’s motivating governments and the sanitation sector with a persuasive new argument: dollars and cents.
Instead of relying on user fees to finance waste management in ow income areas in Ghana, Murray “wants to capture the inherent economic value of waste itself, and use the profits to help pay for sanitation”.