Strategic Goals

Goal 3: Develop CONIWAS into effective and efficient Learning Organisation

Key Objectives

  1. To develop and implement Communication Strategy and sharing of information for enhancing synergized organizational processes within CONIWAS and for external visibility and accountability
     
  2. To develop and manage knowledge to facilitate organizational growth and development and for adoption by the Sector for Scaling up

Key Strategies

CONIWAS will

  1. Produce accessible and useful information and share with members at different levels.
  2. Conduct research on issues affecting the WASH Sector
  3. Research into impact of policies, programmes and regulations on people especially the poor and marginalized
  4. Coordinate, compile and report on contributions of members to Sector targets and achievements,
  5. Develop relevant, simple databases on national and regional NGOs, capacity-building initiatives and practitioners, donors, and volunteer agencies
  6. Foster, analyse, promote and commission research that will help NGOs identify and present key issues to promote NGO and civil society development in the WASH Sector
  7. Use relevant and appropriate information technology to ease access to information. This will involve establishing and updating regularly website of CONIWAS and assisting members with information technology
  8. Produce publicity material to promote awareness of CONIWAS as an organisation and its activities
  9. Prepare a communication strategy for implementation
  10. Review the CONIWAS brochure for printing and dissemination
  11. Develop a website and ensure its sustainability

Expected Outcomes/Key Results Areas

  1. CONIWAS image enhanced through the implementation of the communication strategy
  2. CONIWAS has become a learning organisation with appropriate structures and facilities
  3. Functional and effective communication channel with members
  4. Functional website in place

 

Direct Services Delivery

Access to clean, safe water and adequate sanitation are vital for the development of any nation, and especially for the survival and development of children under 5 years of age. These vital services underpin the effective achievement and sustenance of all other goals and targets defined under the MDGs. Since the early 1990s, Ghana’s water and sanitation sector has seen major reforms to address weaknesses. Appropriate institutional, legal, and regulatory structures are now largely in place, particularly for the urban and rural water and sanitation subsectors. The MWRWH/WD and MLGRD/EHSD have in their respective area of operation.

According to the 2008 GDHS, 84% of Ghana’s population has access to improved water sources (94% urban; 78%), which means Ghana has already achieved 2015 MDG target of 78%. However, data from Services Providers, in this case, GWCL and CWSA are different from those obtained by the GDHS. Whilst GWCL reports of serving 63% of urban population with water, CWSA data is a little over 61%. For sanitation, the figure 13% (16 urban, 7% rural) and 60% share latrines which are considered to be unimproved.

These figures mask considerably the disparities in access to services between the poor and the rich, rural and urban as well as peri-urban and slums and regions. Rural communities are far behind the national rates as there are disparities within rural/districts. Water supply services to urban areas, especially the peri-urban and slums have been erratic. The poor and marginalized spend more of their resources on WASH Services because of accessibility (availability and affordability). WASH Services in schools, especially public schools need much to be desired and girls are more affected than boys. In all these, it is the women and children who suffer the most as per the roles they play in households.

Hygiene promotion, like sanitation, has not received the needed attention as a critical ingredient in an integrated WASH Services. Hand washing facilities are an afterthought to latrine facilities. Budgeting for Hygiene promotion has become a ‘stepchild’ water and sanitation facilities. This notwithstanding, the need to push hygiene and sanitation to the level it deserves has been on the menu of stakeholders in recent times and conscious efforts are being made to achieve not only increased in numbers to at least meet the MDG target of 53% but also to make sure that facilities are sustained and that every household and school are adopting good hygiene practices.

CONIWAS recognizes water as a finite and vulnerable resource which needs to be protected. It also recognizes the evidence of the impact of climate change on the rainfall pattern and livelihoods of people in some selected localities in the country. Giving these reasons CONIWAS and its members and stakeholders will work to integrate water resources management principles and strategies into its programmes and design strategies for the implementation of Climate Change Adaptation mechanism at the community level.  COINWAS and its members have had a considerable experience in the design and implementation of improved integrated WASH Services to the benefit of the poor and the marginalized. During 2010 reporting year 10 of the members reached 84,000 people with improved water supply; almost 30,000 with improved latrine and hygiene promotion activities. During the life of this strategic plan CONIWAS and its members will mobilize resources to facilitate the direct delivery of WASH Services in communities (urban, rural, and peri-urban) and in schools. CONIWAS will marshal its members to work within the national Rural Sanitation Model toward scaling up sanitation (including CLTS) in their areas of operation. CONIWAS is of the conviction that the achievement of the sanitation-related MDG target could be done through effective mobilization and utilization of resources combined with mass mobilization of NGOs working at the community level. CONIWAS and its members are ready to make that impact at all levels.

Our Partners

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