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Published on: 31/10/2022

Leveraging partnerships for a professionalized public utility in Ghana

Side event on Rural Water 'Utilisation' in Ghana took place Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at theElmina Beach Resort in Ghana.

CWSA initiated a policy reform in 2017, to expand its mandate to include the management of piped water systems in rural areas, and thus in effect become a rural utility. Four years into the reform agenda, CWSA recognises that it needs to evolve to become the provider of safe water to residents served by the about 1200 pipe water systems in Ghana.

The "Rural Water Utilization Project" (R-WUP), Ghana, funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation aims to support the Community Water and Sanitation Agency in its growth as a professionalised public utility in Ghana and playing a stronger regulatory role within the sector in the context of rural water reforms in Ghana. The project would support CWSA to establish an effective rural and small-town water utility model/ approach in the Western region, with strengthened capacity at the national level, which can be replicated across the country. The core implementing partners working on the project are IRC, Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), Safe Water Network (SWN), and Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP).

The objective of this side session was to share the project framework and progress to date and facilitate discussions and experiences to provide insights for the project implementation. Under the theme, of leveraging partnerships for a professionalised public utility in Ghana, the session will opened with a brief overview and short updates from core project partners and was followed by a lively interactive panel discussion.

Read the reflections from the event

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