CONIWAS call on Gov’t to reactivate NTWGS

Coalition of Non-Governmental 0rganisations (NGOs) in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS), is calling government through the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources to, as a matter of urgency, reactivate the Sector Working Group and other coordination structures, especially the National Technical Working Group on Sanitation (NTWGS), Regional Inter-agency Coordinating Committee on Sanitation (RICCS) and the District Inter-agency Coordinating Committee on Sanitation (DICCS) across the country to help address issues sanitation, water and hygiene (WASH).

The Coalition made the call at a media encounter in Accra to brief journalists on a 12 points communiqué which was issued and adopted on Friday, 9th November, 2018 by participants at the annual Mole XXIX Conference held at the Villa Cisneros, Sogakope in the Volta region.

Addressing the media, the Vice Chairman of CONIWAS, Mr Atta Arhin explained that the 12 points communiqué which is structured based on  the four thematic areas discussed by conference included institutional realignment for accelerated service delivery, effective sector policies and strategies, localizing the SDGs towards sustainable financing at all levels and integrity, social accountability and performance monitoring in the WASH sector was issued after a four (4) days of deliberations by representatives of CSOs, Government, Development Partners, Academic and Research Institutions, the Media and Private Sector, among others.

Mr Arhin however, promised that CONIWAS will actively lead the process of localizing the SDGs at the sub-national levels to ensure sanitation and water for all by 2030 is achieve.

Below is unedited version of the 12 points communiqué

 

Communiqué of the Annual Mole XXIX Conference Held from 5th – 9th November, 2018 at Villa Cisneros, Sogakope in the Volta Region of Ghana

 

Theme: Reforming Ghana’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sector towards Universal Access

 

Preamble

At the annual Mole XXIX Conference held from 5th to 9th November, 2018 at Villa Cisneros, Sogakope in the Volta Region of Ghana, under the theme “Reforming Ghana’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector towards Universal Access”, the Communiqué below was issued. This follows 4 days of deliberations by representatives of CSOs, Government, Development Partners, Academic and Research Institutions, the Media and Private Sector, among others.

Organized by the Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS), the thematic areas discussed by conference included institutional realignment for accelerated service delivery, effective sector policies and strategies, localizing the SDGs towards sustainable financing at all levels and integrity, social accountability and performance monitoring in the WASH sector.

Institutional re-alignment for accelerated service delivery

  1. We call on the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources to, as a matter of urgency, reactivate the Sector Working Group and other coordination structures, especially the National Technical Working Group on Sanitation (NTWGS), Regional Inter-agency Coordinating Committee on Sanitation (RICCS) and the District Inter-agency Coordinating Committee on Sanitation (DICCS) across the country;
  2. We will support and work with Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) to implement the reform agenda towards sustainable and pro-poor rural and small towns WASH services delivery.
  3. We call on the President to support the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR) accelerate the pace of institutional reforms particularly the establishment of the National Sanitation Authority and the National Sanitation Fund and the strengthening of inter-sectorial linkages.

Effective sector policies and strategies

  1. We will continue to expand the space for citizens’ engagement for sector policy development, dissemination, implementation and reviews.
  2. We call on the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources to take necessary steps to review all relevant sector policies and strategies by the end of 2019 towards the attainment of the WASH related SDGs.

Localizing the SDGs towards sustainable financing at all levels

  1. CONIWAS will actively lead the process of localizing the SDGs at the sub-national levels to ensure sanitation and water for all by 2030.
  2. We call on the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources to lead in the coordination of relevant sectors and emerging institutions such as the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation, and Ministry of Inner Cities and Zongo Development to avoid duplication, achieve value for money, improve accountability and maximize the capacity utilization of existing WASH institutions.
  3. We call on government to prioritize and increase investments and release of funds to support the implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and WASH.
  4. We call on government to expand implementation of the Rural Sanitation Model and Strategy (RSMS) and the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach to all regions and districts in Ghana and resource the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) for effective implementation.

Integrity, social accountability and performance monitoring

  1. We will mobilize a critical mass of CSOs to intensify advocacy for functional local level leadership to deliver WASH sector priorities, public financing for WASH, and implementation of international commitments;
  2. We will continue to develop capacities to generate evidence to support informed advocacy and effective policy decision-making;
  3. We will monitor implementation of WASH programmes and projects and produce shadow reports to expose gaps in the judicious use of resources, quality and timely service delivery, rights and entitlements, public participation and citizen satisfaction.

 

This communiqué has been finalized and adopted this Friday, 9th November, 2018 by participants at the annual Mole XXIX Conference held at the Villa Cisneros, Sogakope.

 

 

Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

Writer’s email: franklin.asare-donkor@todaygh.com

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