A study by knowledge-focused non-profit organisation IRC Wash and Ghana's Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) shows that piped water supply systems in Ghana can be improved by a better management of the maintenance, rather than by a different finance of the maintenance.
The Country Director of IRC Ghana, Vida Duti has called on government and development partners to invest more in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) subsector to propel the needed change and development in communities.
She made the call in Aburi at a three-day engagement workshop with representatives of the Asutifi North District Assembly in the Brong Ahafo Region, National Development Planning Commission, World Vision International, Aquaya Institute and other partners in WASH-related subsector to finalise the district’s 15-year WASH masterplan. Read the full story on citifmonline.
Scaling technology and changing water systems in most countries is not possible without input from properly equipped local government. "They are responsible for making sure people have access to water services. They need to be invested and have the capacity to do the work," says Marieke Adank, programme officer at IRC.
Marieke Adank features in Raconteur's special report, Future of Water which is out in The Times newspaper today. The article can be found online here.
A national symposium on Defining Effective Drinking Water Management Models in Burkina Faso, 18-19 October 2017, was organised by IRC Burkina Faso, UNICEF and the Ministry of Water in Burkina Faso. The event was mentioned on 5 national news sites:
Experts have pointed to a growing momentum among politicians, finance and business leaders toward meeting the global water and sanitation development goals. However, many also warn that development finance is still woefully small, that silos persist among actors, and that not enough attention is being paid to reaching the poorest of the poor. Includes quotes from IRC CEO Patrick Moriarty on SDG6 and urban sanitation. [Sophie Edwards, Devex, 4 September 2017]
Report on the two-day training for members of the Ghana Wastsan Journalist Network (GWJN) in Accra held as part of the IRC-led Watershed | empowering citizens strategic partnership. [GNA/NewsGhana.org, 4 Sept 2017]
'We are driving a transformational agenda towards WASH delivery in Ghana', said minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Joseph Kofi Adda at his press conference at the Stockholm World Water Week on 28 August.
Blog post (in Dutch) on Vice Versa (5 Jul 2017) by Stef Smits (IRC) and Kate Pearson (Max Foundation) on exit strategies in the WASH sector. The blog is based on the Max Foundation-IRC Event:that took place on 31 May 2017 in The Hague.
In lead-up to the release of the SDG6 baseline report by WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP), Circle of Blue publishes interview (6 July 2017) with IRC's Catarina Fonseca, Tom Slaymaker (UNICEF and WaterAid.