Saturday, October 5, 2013

4th Ghana Water Forum to focus on monitoring, evaluation

Mr Frederick Addae (l) chairing one of the committee's meetings
The 4th Ghana Water Forum (GWF), has finally been fixed for November 5 to November 7, 2013 with the theme; “Monitoring and Evaluation: Key to sustaining and Up-scaling WASH Services”.
Originally scheduled to take place in 2012 after the first, second and third editions in 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively, the organising committee postponed the fourth to this year, citing some challenges it had experienced in putting the fourth edition together.
At the 9th in a series of meetings held by a committee put together by the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH) on Wednesday, September 11, members agreed on the new date and venue – the La Palm Beach Hotel in Accra.
Sub-themes chosen for the seven sessions of the three-day forum are; “Sector Performance – Existing Framework”; “Water and Sanitation Sector Performance in 2012/2013” for the first day and, “Key Sector Issues”; “Key Actions and Targets for 2014” and “Sector M & E Framework – Concrete Steps” for the second day.
The third and final day of the forum will witness presentation of a draft communique and side events as parallel sessions comprising a Ministers and Heads of Development Partners meeting that will review and adopt the draft communique, as well as a Children and Youth Forum.
According to the committee chaired by Mr Frederick Addae, Director, Water Directorate, Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, the forum will end with a closing ceremony, at which there would be reading of communiques from both the main forum and the children’s forum. 
Stakeholders who have taken part in the forum over the years include the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS), Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), Water Resources Commission (WRC), World Vision Ghana and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) among a host of others. 

The GWF was established:
  • To create a platform for Ghana’s political leadership, water sector professionals, stakeholders and partners to discuss opportunities and challenges of achieving water security for Ghana’s socio-economic development;
  • To take stock of the status of the achievements of the MDGs in Ghana, reviewing key achievements and challenges and propose strategies and actions for accelerating the achievement of the water and sanitation targets;
  • To build consensus on water security and provide recommendations for consideration at the highest political level;
  • To formulate concrete policies, strategies and actions to accelerate water resources development and the provision of services;
  • To provide a platform for exchange of Water and Sanitation Sector knowledge and information; and
  • To serve as a forerunner to the Africa Water Week, where proceedings from the GWF would be presented.

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