Our Strategy

Executive Summary

Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation’s (CONIWAS) 2012 to 2016 Strategic Plan sets out the organization’s vision and mission; then outlines the agreed strategic goals, and key objectives and strategies of achievement. The strategic planning process behind this document involved a long series of stakeholder consultations that reviewed the external working environment as well as CONIWAS’ current work and abilities. The method has been a participatory one, providing all staff, CONIWAS Members and the Executive Committee and other Sector Stakeholders with the opportunity to reflect upon our achievements and our ‘reason for being’. It has allowed CONIWAS to decide together the best way forward and to plan how to achieve significant positive change in the next five years.

CONIWAS has the following vision and mission:

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All for Development through Collective Action

The Mission is to

“Work in Partnership with sector players to influence policies, remove barriers and promote access to potable water, sanitation and improved hygiene for the poor and vulnerable”


The mission will be achieved by:

  • Deepening existing partnership relations with existing partners whilst at the same time defining and developing new alliances and partnership to achieve the mission. The choice of new partners will be determined by the context (extent of marginalization), type of interventions planned (advocacy vs. service delivery or type of expertise needed)
  • Demonstrating and stimulating ways of scaling up through members the delivery of sustainable and equitable water, sanitation and hygiene promotion within the context of national policy environment.
  • Investigating barriers to sustainable and equitable water, sanitation and hygiene promotion service delivery. This will include making evidence-based arguments for the improvement of the decentralized delivery of those services.


The Plan has five (5) main goals with a focus on Building Partnerships, Advocacy, Learning and Sharing, Institutional Development and Services Delivery. Each goal has a number of strategic objectives and activities it seeks to implement. The goals have also a number of expected outcomes/key result areas. A logical framework to guide programme design and implementation has also been developed as a supporting document to the Plan.


This Plan stresses the need for a strong programme-based approach. As such, its strategic objectives are constructed along sector-specific lines. CONIWAS believes that the most effective way to sustainably improve access to water supplies and sanitation (WSS) is to work with and through existing and new, likeminded, organisations. CONIWAS will pursue a capacity building approach where appropriate, assisting with the organizational development for members and the Secretariat. This assistance will benefit both service delivery and advocacy work.

In Ghana, decentralization has provided unique opportunities for CONIWAS and its members to work with Local Governments to ensure they have the capacity to meet their responsibilities and that are making resources available for the Sector. This work will focus on advocating for more and efficient utilization of resources in favour of the poor and most vulnerable. It will work to investigate and remove barriers which impede the poor and vulnerable capacity to access WASH Services

Our Partners

Water Aid
Government of Ghana
European Union
Canadian International Development Agency