UNICEF advocates for information sharing

UNICEF Ghana Chief of WASH, Mr. David Duncan, has advised WASH sector partners to share more information on WASH programme implementation in the rural areas which were yielding results in order to accelerate the process of scaling up Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) across the country.

He indicated that it was imperative for partners who were getting the right results with their WASH programmes implementation to share not just the results, but initiatives that made difference in the lives of community members in their operational areas with the wider sector partners.

Mr. Duncan did not also mince words when he indicated that partners who were not achieving the right results through their WASH programmes implementation should also be honest and open to share in their challenges and learn moving forward.

Mr. Duncan, who gave the advice during the 5th National Basic Sanitation Forum in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, said the pace of rural sanitation acceleration in the country would be largely dependent on the kind of partnership that was forged among stakeholders in terms of information sharing and learning.

Emphasising his statement with an African proverb that says, “If you want to travel fast travel alone, if you want to travel far travel together,” Mr. Duncan said, adding that “if the WASH sector wanted to travel faster and farer then sector players should share information and learn from each other.”

On creating the enabling environment for the private sector, Mr. Duncan said it was critical for the capacity of the private sector to be up-skilled to take advantage of the demand generated and created through the work of natural leaders, traditional authorities and local level sub-structures as well as better engage these natural leaders who were breaking down barriers in their communities and beyond.

He said majority of communities were fully facilitated and triggered by natural leaders and declared open defecation free communities through the efforts of natural leaders and therefore called for a result-based financing strategy and capacity building for WASH implementation at the local level.

“If you do you get, if you don’t you don’t,” Mr. Duncan stressed.


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