Coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) is holding its biggest conference on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) at Sogakope in the South Tongu District of the Volte Region.
The annual national conference dubbed: “Mole Conference Series” which takes place today, November 6, 2018, will end November 8, 2018
The theme for this year’s event is “Reforming Ghana’s water, sanitation and hygiene sector towards universal access”.
Speaking at the media launch in Accra, the Executive Secretary of CONIWAS Mrs Basila Nanbigne said, that the Mole Conference Series has witnessed consistent growth since its inception in 1999 among civil society groups, policy makers, ministries, departments and agencies, private sector and development partners.
“The conference has evolved from what was primarily NGOs forum into, perhaps, the most important multi-stakeholder platform within Ghana’s WASH sector. Over the years, the Mole Conference Series has attracted several players and stakeholders on annual basis, locally and internationally, to deliberate on critical issues affecting the sector,” she said.
Mrs Nanbigne averred that papers presented at the various Mole Conference Series have played key roles in various institutional reforms in Ghana’s WASH sector.
Notable among them she said was the de-coupling of rural water supply from the functions of the then Ghana Water and Sewerage Corporation, culminating in the establishment of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA).
She claimed that the establishment of CWSA has made it possible for majority of rural communities in Ghana to gain access to improved drinking water today.
“Calls from the conference are also believed to have influenced the increased profile of WASH especially, during the early 2000s, when a dedicated directorate was created within the then ministry of Works and Housing, and currently an entire ministry established to focus on sanitation and water resources.
“The Mole Conference Series has provided a regular platform where field lessons and experiences are shared with government and other stakeholders, thereby influencing sector policies, strategies and plans”, The CONOWAS Executive, Secretary said.
Mrs Nanbigne was however worried about the fact that access to improved drinking water that used to be encouraging during the MDGs era has been hit with poor level of service with regards to the expectations in the in SDGs.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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