Sogakofe to host 29th CONIWAS Mole Conference

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The Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) is set to hold its biggest and most popular gathering around Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) issues at Sogakope in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region.

The annual national gathering dubbed “Mole Conference Series” will start from November 6 till November 8, 2018.

The event which is the 29th in the series would be on the theme “Reforming Ghana’s water, sanitation and hygiene sector towards universal access”.

Speaking at the media launch in Accra on Saturday, the Executive Secretary of CONIWAS, Basila Nanbigne revealed that the Mole Conference Series has witnessed consistent growth in interest and importance since its inception in 1999 among civil society, policy makers, ministries, departments and agencies, local government, private sector and development partners alike.

“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 reiterated.

Madam Nanbigne averred that papers presented at the various Mole Conference Series have played a key role 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 confidently claimed that the establishment 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 have 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 Exec, Secretary maintained.

She however expressed worry that access to improved drinking water that used to be encouraging during the MDGs era has been hit with poor service with regards to the expectations in the SDGs.

To this end, the main objective of the ‘Mole 29’ is to highlight the statue of the WASH sector, sensitize WASH stakeholders, and make inputs into government WASH policies towards universal access for everyone everywhere by 2030.

Source: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

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

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