To support the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR) in meeting the Government of Ghana’s Water for All policy, Aqua Africa and the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) conducted an extensive training and orientation program for 150 rural communes.
This is to ensure that communities were aware, involved and informed before the implementation teams arrive later this month.
The community engagement training was the first of its kind to be coordinated in collaboration with CWSA and Aqua Africa
The 5-day workshop, organized by Aqua Africa’s Community Engagement Team in partnership with CWSA’s Regional Extension Services Specialist (ESS), aims to equip participants with the skills to guide key community stakeholders on the benefits of the Rural Communities and Small Towns Water Supply Project (RCSTWSP) to be implemented in five of the regions of Ghana.
Each of the 13 participants was guided through the community engagement strategy, detailing the composition of the various communities they would visit to ensure that key stakeholders within the community were fully briefed on the work plans that need to have take place later this year.
The Government of Ghana’s vision for the water sector, as enshrined in the Water Sector Strategic Development Plan, is that “all people living in Ghana have access to water services adequate, safe, affordable, reliable and sustainable, and practice safe sanitation and hygiene”. .
To maintain this, the training also included a visit to a local community in the Eastern Region to allow hands-on practice, meeting with leaders and community members.
Rita Ambadire, Community Relations Manager at Aqua Africa, said, “It was a great opportunity for both teams to bond and an opportunity for all the regional community engagement teams to carry the same message. CWSA and AA expressed their assurance of working harmoniously together to effectively engage and mobilize project communities for successful project implementation in all five regions.
The project value of 30 million euros was a 100% funded project by UK Export Finance & HSBC.
Aqua Africa has been accredited as a Green Loan Water Project by UKEF and HSBC providing nano-filtration systems to 150 communities facing water quality issues. The full project will provide a sustainable project that will relieve 280,000 people from the plight of daily water poverty.
By providing safe drinking water, contributing to seven of the nine sub-targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goal for Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), Aqua Africa is supporting the Government of Ghana in improving the quality and water efficiency as well as adapting the collection process, impacting the advancement of other SDGs 1, 3, 5, 8 and 9.
The climate-smart solution of installing off-grid solar panel systems will apply innovative technology and financing methods that will provide access to water in communities with secure revenues through a digital “pay as you fetch” approach .
A percentage of revenues will be allocated for operation and maintenance (O&M) to ensure community management through maintenance and any future expansion of the water systems.