Strategic Goals

Goal 2: Create Strong and Effective Advocacy Platforms towards Influencing Policy and Enabling Marginalized Populations Develop a Voice

Key Objectives

  • Deepen citizen engagement with national and local governments as a basis for informing pro-poor policies to focus on needs, equity, sustainability and accountability
  • Strengthen CONIWAS and members to participate more fully in policy analysis and dialogue, sector performance monitoring as the foundation for rooted advocacy
  • Develop advocacy framework and platforms and implementation arrangements for influencing sector policy processes and contents
  • Develop mechanisms to improve WASH Sector governance and efficient utilization of WASH Sector resources

Key Strategies

CONIWAS will

  1. Train its members and other stakeholders in policy analysis and dialogue and link to rooted advocacy at community and district levels (evidence-based advocacy)
  2. Engage in budget analysis to identify levels of funding to the WASH Sector and establish Budget Execution and Service Delivery Barometer for the Sector
  3. Work with PURC to ensure tariff setting regime do not necessarily bring burden to the poor and marginalized.
  4. Undertake equity and inclusion analysis and develop strategies and indicators to monitor enhance equity and inclusion in WASH Sector
  5. Monitor expenditure patterns of utility/service providers to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in resource utilization
  6. Monitor to ensure that target communities/population receive services earmarked for them
  7. Provide space for citizen/service provider engagements on service improvements
  8. Work with networks and other platforms beyond CONIWAS to influence policy and practice of government and other actors
  9. Raise awareness of WASH Services as human rights issues
  10. Enhance the knowledge of policies and practice in the sector through popularizing policies and sharing good practice
  11. Implement citizen action report project and policy monitoring.
  12. Conduct action research at community level to document the positive impacts of good WASH Services. This will be linked to advocacy that will be carried out at both local government and national levels for more funding in the sector.
  13. Promote transparency of resource allocation at district and national level
  14. Monitor and document project work to identify best practice, impact and lessons learnt for sharing with other stakeholders
  15. Provide such platforms as Mole Series of Conference to engage stakeholders on issues affecting the sector
  16. Monitor the implementation of outcomes/communiqués of the multi-stakeholder reviews/meetings to ensure that the poor are prioritized in WASH Sector activities.
  17. Assess the efficiency and effectiveness of Small Town System through  Citizen Report Card.

 

Key Results Areas/Expected Outcomes

  1. Citizens/the poor has the voice and capacity to engage and demand accountability and improved services from service providers and duty bearers
  2. CONIWAS members with capacity to analyze policies and engage district level authorities/local government
  3. Mechanism/framework for advocacy engagement established
  4. Increased allocation and efficient utilization of financial resources to the WASH Sector

Knowledge Management and Sharing for Organizational Learning - Current Situation

NGOs operating at all levels generally have difficulty accessing and producing timely and relevant information to support their development objectives. The vast distances that separate NGOs at the community and the District level from the national level institutions increase cost of accessing this information. While some NGOs and members in certain places benefit from the opportunities provided by the new internet-based technologies that allow faster and cheaper access to information, on-line meetings through discussion groups and on-line skills training, most NGOs do not.

Over the years, member NGOs have called on the Secretariat to improve information flow and communication links between the Secretariat and members, between members and development partners/government and other institutions at the district, national and international levels. CONIWAS has in the past, not been able to manage effectively its information systems. It is resource center has not been the best and it is handicapped in documentation and using these information to grow the organisation. For these several years of its existence CONIWAS has not been able to effectively utilize the internet/e-mail systems for sharing, and dissemination its learning and experiences. CONIWAS does not have a website and has not been able to utilize platforms provided by other organisations. It has not been able to develop and package satisfactorily the body of knowledge that already exists at the Secretariat.

CONIWAS operating at all levels generally have difficulty accessing and producing timely and relevant information to support their development objectives. Members in particular face peculiar challenge because of distance to sources of information. While some members benefit from the opportunities provided by the new internet-based technologies that allow faster and cheaper access to information, on-line meetings through discussion groups and on-line skills training, most NGOs do not.

During this strategic period CONIWAS will emphasize seriously knowledge management and use of these knowledge to grow the organisation. It will be addressed by strengthening its own information management systems and by utilizing new internet-based technologies to become an effective information clearinghouse and communications network for its members and other sector stakeholders. CONIWAS has experience in working with such platform as the National Learning Alliance (NLLAP) to share its experiences and learning outcomes. CONIWAS will strengthen this relationship whilst looking for resource to facilitate effective documentation and sharing. CONIWAS will also work with other sector knowledge management institutions to produce hard copy information, a quarterly newsletter and pamphlets.

CONIWAS will seek to build an image that commensurate to the quality of work it does. A brochure outlining the organization’s activities, methodologies used and successes will be published. Every year an annual report highlighting the high points of the organisation, our challenges and Audited accounts will be published. These two documents will be widely circulated to inform and educate partners and other stakeholders of opportunities and qualities available. It will be a marketing tool.

Our Partners

Water Aid
Unicef
IRC
Government of Ghana
European Union
Canadian International Development Agency