Project
Archived
2008 – 2017

GWI Ghana's 2008 baseline study of water and sanitation provision in the Upper West Region showed that vulnerable populations had limited access to drinking water (approximately 50% coverage). There was low hygiene awareness among schools and communities, as well as low sanitation coverage and usage (more than 90% of local people were defecating in the open).

Example of multiple use of a water source in the Black Volta basin at Bagri Zongo - Ghana

Integrated Water Resource Management and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (2008-12)

GWI West Africa work in Ghana began in 2008 and ended in 2012 under the first phase of GWI work on IWRM & WASH.

Starting point

When GWI Ghana began working in the Upper West Region, there was very little community participation in water resource management. The local government authorities lacked capacity to manage water resources effectively, and there was no platform for stakeholder engagement.

Conflict was common between different water users (ie settled agriculturalists and nomadic pastoralists). Our programme was therefore much-needed, and our intervention was timely.

Project achievements

  • Provided drinking water for more than 17,000 people
  • Facilitated sanitation access for more than 10,150 people
  • Drastically reduced the practice of open defecation (to less than 50% in project communities)
  • Established a hydrological profile for the upstream section of the Black Volta Basin in Ghana to guide water resources planning, programming and management, and
  • Partnered with state institutions for capacity building of staff of local government water authorities, communities, traditional authorities, and other local and international NGOs.

Project contacts

Attah Arhin (attaharhin@yahoo.com), project coordinator
Issifu Adama (isdam2000@yahoo.co.uk), IWRM
Peter Jayome Chamik (pjayom@yahoo.com), Community Development
Mohammed Ali Ibrahim (med381@gmail.com), Sanitation and Hygiene
John Nedjoh (jkned2000@yahoo.com), Learning

Publications

G04261
Report/paper, 2017
G04089
Report/paper, 2016
G03679
Report/paper, 2013
G04245
2012
G04247
2012
G04249
2012
G04250
2012
G04251
2012
G04241
2012
G04243
2012
G04252
Project report, 2012
G04227
Report/paper, 2012
G04222
Report/paper, 2011
G04238
2011
G04234
Project report, 2010
G02333
Project materials, 2007

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