Data sharing key to improve IWRM and WASH – Advocacy Expert

An Advocacy Expert from the International Resource Center (IRC), Madam Elynn Walter, has called on organisations working within the Watershed project in Ghana to share their experience and data among themselves to help improve the infrastructure development of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities.

Mad. Walter noted further, saying sharing of data among sector partners enable stakeholders at both the district and national levels to make decisions that addresses in real time IWRM and WASH challenges across the country.

Mad.  Walter who made this known in an interview with the media on the sidelines of 2019 annual Watershed meeting held in Accra last week hinted that data sharing among stakeholders is key to improve IWRM and WASH.

The 2019 annual Watershed meeting brought together partners in Ghana’s work package to review activities over the last year, draft activities for 2020 as well as come up with new strategies to ensure successful implementation of the project which will phase out at the end of 2020.

The Watershed Project is a five year strategic partnership between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IRC, Simavi, Wetlands International and Akvo.

The aim of the programme according to the initiators is to empower citizens and improve WASH and IWRM in the Country.

It also seeks to strengthen the capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), in advocacy on WASH and IWRM.

The programme, which spans from 2016 to 2020, is currently been implemented in six countries including Ghana.

In Ghana, the programme is taking place in the Tarkwa Nsueam Municipality with Hope For Future Generation (HFFG), Coalition of NGOs into Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS), Conservational Foundation (CF) and the Ghana Watsan Journalist Network, (GWJN), being the implementing partners.

Meanwhile the Executive Secretary of CONIWAS, Mrs Basilla Nanbigne, has called for a sustainable advocacy after the Watershed programme to ensure that the partners do lobby and engage the government on WASH and IWRM.


Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

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