Our Strategy

Building and Strengthening Key Relationships - Current Situation

CONIWAS is aware that the task of enabling the poor, marginalized and the unserved to have a voice and demand for improved services is of such magnitude that it cannot achieve much without the support of other stakeholders. It realizes also that other organisations and government bodies (CWSA, WRC, WD/MWRWH, and GWCL), and the PURC have relevant technical and cultural knowledge and other resources to enrich her programmes. CONIWAS also recognizes the resources (both technical and financial) of the Development Partners (CIDA, UNICEF, DANIDA, EKN, World Bank, etc) and international NGOs (WaterAid, Plan Ghana, IRC, ADRA etc. CONIWAS through its members have relations with some District Assemblies and are expected to work through the District water and sanitation plans. CONIWAS also work with the private sector consultants and research institutions.

 

CONIWAS, has sometimes, been considered as controversial in dealing with issues bordering on inefficiencies and ineffectiveness in the WASH Sector or advocate for social change and is often viewed as against government position. In many cases, CONIWAS has had considerable impact on governments, either by offering models for new government programmes, suggesting reforms to existing policies and/or critiquing new policy proposals. CONIWAS already has a good relationship with the government and the Sub-sector organisations. A strong relationship between CONIWAS and government is critically important in achieving sustainable human development.

 

CONIWAS recognizes the importance of WASH Services in influencing other MDG outcomes – (Goals 1 to 6). It also aware of the synergistic impact it could make on peoples’ lives if it can connect with other Coalitions and Platforms who share in the beliefs, positions, and values of CONIWAS. CONIWAS already has some relationship with such Platforms as Natural Resource and Environmental Governance, Oil and Gas, Ghana National Education Coalition Campaign (GNECC), Ghana Aid Effectiveness, Platform, Health Coalition, Ghana HIV/Aids Network (GHANET), MDG Platform, and Equity and Inclusion Platform. At the international level, CONIWAS is a member of ANEW and an affiliate to Fresh Water Network/End Poverty Campaign.  CONIWAS will deepen its relationship with these platforms whilst at the same time work to identify new platforms based on specific common agenda of influencing policy and creating space for the poor and the vulnerable to be heard

 

CONIWAS recognizes the role of the Media in disseminating information and engaging policy makers on issues affecting the WASH Sector. The Media sometimes depend on such organisations as CONIWAS to provide them with accurate and timely information for the above purposes. CONIWAS has had a fruitful relationship with both print and electronic media and has involved them in its press briefing and policy dialogues. The media have also provided space for CONIWAS to engage policy-makers and discuss issues affecting the Sector. Within this strategic period CONIWAS will strengthen this engagement and provide the capacity building mechanisms needed by the Media. CONIWAS will further establish mechanism to monitor media reporting on WASH Sector

 

At the international level, CONIWAS will continue to work with ANEW, FAN, AMCOW and other likeminded organisations and platform to influence policies on WASH in favour of the poor and the marginalized. CONIWAS will facilitate the formation of sub-regional body/platform to engage ECOWAS on issues of WASH

Our Partners

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