Our project empowering rural communities to demand water and sanitation services from their District Assemblies has recently closed. We have a final project report with an overview of what we did and the results we achieved here.
We’ve got an update on our EU-funded WATSAN project to tell you about what we’ve been doing to support communities’ demands for accountability, and what they’ve been doing to get water and sanitation services into their communities
FoE-Ghana has been in the news with our water and sanitation project following a workshop bringing together communities, chiefs and assembly members to empower communities to demand their rights to services. Read the press release here…
As part of the water and sanitation project (see below), we have met with many deprived rural communities where we listened to their struggles of access to water and sanitation. Their stories are both disturbing and sad. Read more about them here…
People are often forced to use dirty water for cooking and drinking, causing health problems especially among little children. In Ghana it is the gendered role of women and girls to provide water for their families, and they often have to walk miles just to fetch a bowl of water, which reduces the time they have for earning an income or attending school. The DAs have funding for providing basic services such as water, sanitation, health and education. But corruption and financial mismanagement means communities may wait forever to be provided with these services
To address these worrying trends, this project is building the capacity of communities and community groups to demand that their DAs provide them with basic services, mainly health,
water and sanitation. Contrasting with some of our other projects that provide basic services directly to beneficiary communities, this EU fund has taken a rights based approach that recognizes all people have rights to water, sanitation, health, education and other basic services, and that the DAs have a moral responsibility to be accountable to their communities and fulfil those rights.
The project is partnering with around 200 communities and their civil society groups in 5 Districts of the Volta Region and 5 in the Northern Region. There are three objectives, each with related activities and expected achievements.
To train, assist and support local CBOs, citizens’ groups, community support groups and local leaders to identify problems in service delivery, and monitor and evaluate government progress in service provision.
The activities will cover: training around 200 CBOs and community support groups in basic research and monitoring techniques so they can identify the bottlenecks in service delivery and to monitor the DAs’ progress in fulfilling their rights to services. We will establish a monitoring system, and ensure systematic monitoring continues by civil society. One study will be completed in each Region identifying the bottlenecks that undermine efficient service delivery and evaluating current levels of service provision in the selected districts. This will give communities information for developing effective advocacy and campaigns that demand the DAs be accountable and transparent by fulfilling their needs to water and sanitation and other basic services.
The expected achievements are that communities will be able to monitor and report on service quality and delivery, and have the information they need to hold their DAs accountable over use of local government and provision of basic services.