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Trends in rural water sector development and implications for international aid delivery: A Discussion paper
This paper summarises findings from a recent study of the status of rural water supply in some thirteen countries, which aimed to identify commonalities in both challenges and opportunities to rural water supply in countries as diverse as the USA, India, Honduras and Ghana. It spans a developmental range from one of the world’s richest countries to nations that are still struggling to meet the challenges of basic infrastructure provision. In between these two ends of the spectrum are countries in which first-time access to water services has been achieved by a majority of the rural population and in which previously overlooked second order issues to do with service sustainability and quality are starting to rise up the agenda.
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CWSA up scales application of the functionality and sustainability indicators to ten more districts in the Northern Region
The Northern Regional office of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) is taking steps to update data on functionality and sustainability of water facilities in the region.
The Regional office with support from UNICEF Ghana is conducting baseline data collection in ten districts in the region. When completed, this will increase the number of districts with a comprehensive and an updated baseline on functionality, service levels, and performance of service authority and providers to 11.
The initial baseline data was first conducted by the East Gonja District with support from the Triple-S Project and the Northern Regional office of CWSA.
CWSAs' changing role – from facilitator of WASH facilities to regulator
The Chief Executive Officer of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency(CWSA) ,Mr Clement Bugase in this video interview talks about the changing role of his institution as they seek to enhance its ability as a regulator more than a facilitator for the delivery of physical water and sanitation facilities.
Synthesis report on service levels affirms international estimates on functionality
A synthesis report produced by the Triple-S Project in Ghana on rural water service levels has affirmed international estimates of non functionality levels of about 30% of point sources.
Stakeholders in the WASH sector are happy that efforts are being made to improve rural water coverage. But they deplore the lack/low level of sustainability of rural water systems. In particular, they have raised concern about the lack of systems for tracking the functionality of rural water systems that are being provided. Thus, they advocate for a paradigm shift from the project approach to service delivery oriented approach to providing rural water facilities. This is a major recommendation arising from the Eleventh National Level Learning Alliance Platform (NLLAP).
The Eleventh NLLAP took place on Thursday November 11, 2010 on the theme, “Sustainability of rural water services: looking back to inform our way forward”. There were two presentations; the first was made by Mrs. Vida Affum Duti, Country Team Leader, Triple-S Ghana while the second was jointly done by Prosper Dzansi of Triple-S Ghana and Marieke Adank of IRC. This WASH Reflections is intended to share with the wider WASH community the most important issues brought up during the meeting.
WASHReflections_NLLAP.pdf (416.39 kB)