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Published on: 17/02/2014

IRC has worked with stakeholders in Ghana since the 1990s, with the aim of improving delivery of water and sanitation services. In 2012, an IRC branch office was established.

Central to IRC Ghana’s work is identifying areas in service delivery that need improvement. We work with government, development partners, private sector organisations, NGOs and research institutions to diagnose underlying causes of failure of water systems, and together generate alternative solutions and ideas. These are tested in pilot districts to establish their effectiveness. The proven results and support tools inform local government planning and decisions on WASH investment, operational management of water facilities and adaptations to national policies, standards and guidelines.  

Learning platforms provide space for the sharing of innovations and best practices and build consensus on key evidence-based issues.

IRC initiatives include working with the Community Water and Sanitation Agency to develop innovative solutions for improved water services in a range of areas, among them an SMS model for reporting water system breakdowns and sourcing repair services, application of a framework for planning and budgeting that addresses all water service delivery-related costs, and a predictive tool for major repairs and upgrading of water systems. Another area of focus is the Resource Centre Network, which offers financial and technical support to a network of government, private sector and civil society agencies to promote improved knowledge management within the water, sanitation and hygiene sector in Ghana.

Learning platforms established at the national level and in three regions, in partnership with national government, academia, NGOs and development partners, provide space for sharing of innovations and best practices and build consensus on key issues based on evidence. And SMARTerWASH is a public/private partnership with the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, SKyFox Ghana, Akvo and others to develop tools for rural water monitoring and repair services implemented in 69 districts in Ghana.

The IRC Ghana programme is managed from Accra, with field officers based in Northern, Volta, Ashanti and Brong-Ahafo regions. Led by IRC Ghana country director Vida Duti, the multi-disciplinary team consists of some 15 professional staff in Ghana, supported by technical specialists from IRC in the Netherlands. 

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