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Published on: 17/04/2014

The Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), has produced a set of documents for the rural water sub-sector in collaboration with key stakeholders. The documents are to help provide an environment that ensures a harmonised approach to providing water and sanitation service delivery.

The documents are the National Community Water and Sanitation Strategy (NCWSS), the Project Implementation Manual (PIM), the District Operational Manual (DOM), the Framework for Assessing and Monitoring Rural and Small Town Water Supply Services in Ghana and its How-To-Do Guide.

These documents should help in clarifying objectives, defining roles and responsibilities and building strong partnerships across all key stakeholders to improve the delivery of water and sanitation services. When the documents are properly used, it will provide directions for stakeholders to follow laid down procedures in the delivery of services and ensure quality of work.

The Project Implementation Manual (PIM) has been developed as part of national efforts towards harmonising water and sanitation projects implementation approaches at the district and community levels. The manual provides a good context for project design, implementation and management; and also expatiates on the focus areas of the NCWSS.

The PIM targets all stakeholders (at national, regional and district levels) involved in the provision of water and sanitation services and expected to build a strong partnership across all these key stakeholders. It sets out implementation rules, procedures, and processes with the dual objective to forge strong partnerships and relationships across all key stakeholders and to ascertain the long-term sustainability of all water and sanitation facilities installed in rural communities and small towns.

District Operational Manual (DOM) provides the practical steps for implementation of the water and sanitation programmes andsimplifies the specific roles and responsibilities of stakeholders at every stage of implementation. It serves as the reference document for District Assemblies' Implementation of sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services delivery to rural communities and small towns, under Ghana's National Community Water and Sanitation Programme (NCWSP) using public funds and funds received by District Assemblies from non-governmental organisations, private institutions or churches. In this sense, it will contribute to building planning capacity at DA level thereby empowering the DAs to take control and ownership of project activities.

This DOM has been produced as a follow up to the Project Implementation Manual. It reflects lessons from the management and implementation of the NCWSP, and key stakeholder feedback received at national, regional, district and community levels. 

The Framework for Assessing and Monitoring Rural and Small Town Water Supply in Ghana and its 'How-To-Do' Guide is a framework to track functionality of WASH systems and the performance of service providers. This set of documents has been developed by the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) to guide monitoring of water services in the rural and small town water sub-sector of Ghana. It provides a set of indicators for monitoring service levels, tracking functionality and performance of service providers.

The framework and its Guide has been developed to assist WASH sector stakeholders in Ghana to undertake water service monitoring in the community water sub-sector. It details the various steps and activities involved in carrying out water service monitoring geared at providing real time information required for planning, budgeting, resource allocation and remedial action.

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