Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has renewed support to scale-up innovations for universal WASH services in the Ahafo Region of Ghana.
Published on: 12/08/2022
On Thursday June 9, 2022, at the Zeniel hotel conference room in Goaso, the Ahafo Regional Capital of Ghana, a large number of high-level dignitaries, including the regional minister, district chief executives, coordinating directors, traditional authorities and safe water partners gathered for the regional launch of the districtwide approach for universal WASH services.
It started with traditional Adowa drumming and dancing and ended with a ministerial launch of the Districtwide Approach – a renewed Conrad N. Hilton Foundation support project to scale-up innovations for universal WASH services in the Ahafo Region.
In 2017, IRC worked with Asutifi North District Assembly in collaboration with partners to prepare and implement a thirteen-year Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Master Plan under the Asutifi North Ahonidie Mpontuo (ANAM) initiative. This was to promote universal access to safe water, basic sanitation, and hygiene services to about 84,420 people by 2030.
The ANAM partnership, with funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has over the past four years made steady progress towards the advancement of a collective vision of providing sustainable access to safe WASH services in the district.
The Country Director of IRC Ghana, Vida Duti said, “Following the good practices and innovations of the district-based approach to universal WASH services, IRC with a renewal grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is expanding to three new districts in the Ahafo Region from January 2022 - December 2024. The new project will provide WASH systems strengthening towards districtwide access to WASH services for all by 2030 in the region.”
IRC in collaboration with the Ahafo Regional Coordinating Council organised the regional launch of the project to announce the start of the project and to present the key highlights to secure stakeholder buy-in and ownership.
Under the theme: “Leveraging partnerships to scale-up innovations for universal WASH services in the Ahafo Region by 2030,” the two-fold session started with the welcome address by the Regional Coordinating Director, scene setting to place the event in context by the IRC Country Director, and the keynote address and official launch of the project by the Ahafo Regional Minister. The second, technical, session focused on the project implementation modalities and leveraging partnerships to scale-up innovations for universal WASH services in the region.
This video (below) gives highlights of the event and the impressions and expectations of key stakeholders.