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TitlePlanning and decision making processes for sustainable rural water supply, sanitation and hygiene in Ghana
Publication TypeBriefing Note
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsImoro, B, Nyarko, K, Moriarty, PB
Secondary TitleWASHCost briefing note
Pagination15 p.; 1 fig.
Date Published04/2010
Place PublishedThe Hague, The Netherlands
Publication LanguageEnglish
Keywordsdecision making, ghana, hygiene, planning, sanitation, socioeconomic impact, WASHCost, water

Metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana exercise their authority to plan for the overall socio-economic development of communities within their jurisdiction by preparing medium term development plans and other sector plans to guide them in the mobilisation and allocation of resources for sustainable development. This paper examines the role that planning plays in the decision making processes for sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) service provision from the national through the regional to the district level. Analysis of both primary and secondary data gathered revealed weak linkages between planning and budgeting with decision making at the local level, as well as duplications of plans. The analysis further revealed limited realistic unit cost for planning. The need for collaboration and rationalisation of the different WASH sector plans is considered crucial for sustainable WASH services delivery. [authors abstract]


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