MOLE XXIX CONFAB: CSOs, Government Discuss Sanitation & Good Governance

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Representatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Government, development partners, academic and research institutions, the media and private sector have discussed institutional realignment for accelerated service delivery, effective sector policies and strategies, localizing the Sustainable Development goals (SDGs) towards sustainable financing at all levels and integrity, social accountability including performance monitoring in the WASH sector.

The four day discussion which took place at the annual XXIX conference held at Sogakope in the Volta region was at the behest of Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS). It was on the theme “Reforming Ghana’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene [WASH] Sector towards Universal Access.”

After intellectual stimulating discussion on the above mentioned issues, a communiqué was issued. It calls 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.

The communiqué also called on the President to support the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources to accelerate the pace of institutional reforms particularly the establishment of the National Sanitation Authority and the National Sanitation Fund and the strengthening of inter-sectional linkages.

CONIWAS according to communiqué said it would continue to expand the space for citizens’ engagement for sector policy development, dissemination, implementation and reviews. The Minister for Water and Sanitation per the communiqué was called upon to take the necessary steps to review all relevant sector policies and strategies by the end of 2019 towards the attainment of the WASH related SDGs.

It said CONIWAS would actively lead the process of localizing the SDGs at the sub-national levels to ensure sanitation and water for all by 2030. The communiqué called on the Minister for Water and Sanitation to lead in the coordination of relevant sectors and emerging institutions such the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation including 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.

The communiqué said CONIWAS would continue to 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.

Source: Adovor Nutifafa

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