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WASH Talk podcast on national monitoring systems

Published on: 15/02/2018

We need to share the stories that the data is telling us. 

Monitoring data in Ghana

In this WASH Talk episode Andy Narracott asks Mr Benedict Kubabom and Mr Abdul Hafiz Koroma about national WASH service monitoring for improved WASH services and attainment of the SDGs. They discuss the importance of monitoring in tracking development projects, ensuring services are being provided and continuously improved. Proper processes need to be established for routine monitoring. For instance, in Liberia, subnational monitoring is still a challenge because of unpredictable funding and capacity to carry out quality monitoring.

Also, the two speakers reflect on the requirements for a well-functioning national and subnational monitoring system. It is crucial that data is accessible to a broad range of stakeholders who can benefit from using it. District water officers need different information to perform their role than federal government staff for allocating budgets. 

One of the main challenges around national monitoring is realising the essential financing systems to support these processes. That is why it is so important to share the stories that the data is telling us to create demand for the data and make sure that its importance is appreciated through adequate funding. 

Our guest speakers: 

Mr Benedict KubabomBenedict Kubabom is Director of Planning and Investments for the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) in Ghana and has a key role in expanding WASH service delivery to rural communities. He has over 28 years experience in the development sector and is currently setting up an M & E system for the rural sub sector in Ghana.
Mr Abdul KoromaMr Abdul Hafiz Koroma is WASH Sector Coordinator for the National Water Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Committee within the Ministry of Public Works in Liberia. He leads Liberia's Sanitation and Water for All technical team and serves as the national focal point for many national and international WASH initiatives. Before joining the Government of Liberia he served as the GIS and Monitoring Specialist for the World Bank's Water and Sanitation Programme in Kenya. He pioneered Liberia's first water point atlas as a member of the World Bank's water team.