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'Closer partnerships to strengthen WASH emergency' topic of Mole Conference XXXII in Ghana

Published on: 06/12/2021

The Mole Conference had four sub-themes and IRC Ghana Country Director, Vida Duti, presented on one of them: Managing Our Water Resources for Equitable Growth.

Panel at the Mole Conference XXXII in Ghana

The 32nd edition of the Mole Conference was opened on November 2, 2021, by Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources in Ejisu - Ashanti Region, with a call for closer partnership with Civil Society Organisations to strengthen WASH sector emergency preparedness.

The four-day event focused on WASH and emergency response for sustainable growth with four sub-themes under the main conference theme: ''Repositioning the WASH Sector for Emergency Response and Sustainable Development." The sub-themes included:

  1. WASH in Emergencies,
  2. WASH as Catalyst for Growth,
  3. Managing Our Water Resources for equitable Growth, and
  4. ICT and WASH Delivery.

IRC Ghana Country Director, Vida Duti presenting at the Mole Conference on sub-theme three

IRC Ghana Country Director, Vida Duti presented the conference sub-theme three address on Managing Our Water Resources for Equitable Growth. In her presentation she recalled the social norms and belief systems of the past that were used to preserve the environment and water bodies against modern day multiple misuse and disregard for preserving the natural resources. She called for best practices of the past to be taken up in modern day to help preserve our water resources for equitable growth.    

This was followed by a panel discussion featuring Mr. Ben Ampomah, Executive Secretary of Water Resource Commission, Mr. Awudu Moduc, Executive Director of APDO, and Dr. Worlanyo Siabi, Chief Executive of CWSA represented by the CWSA Ashanti Regional Director.  

The conference ended with eight-point conference communiqué (see downloads below), which was shared with participants and members of the media. CONIWAS, the lead convener of the conference commended partners who supported this year’s event and IRC Ghana was duly recognised with a plaque as a gold sponsor. IRC Ghana also sponsored selected local CSOs in Asutifi North to the conference as a capacity building opportunity and to enable them to share their experiences.

235 participants representing the government sector, NGOs/CBOs, development partners, private sector, academia and the media participated in the four-day conference

Two hundred and thirty-five (235) participants representing the government sector, NGOs/CBOs, development partners, private sector, academia and the media participated in the four-day conference.   

More information on the 2021 WASH conference and the Mole series is available on the conference page.