Fourth Meeting of USAID WA-WASH Coordinating Secretariat

ACCRA HOSTED THE FOURTH MEETING OF THE USAID WEST/AFRICA WASH COORDINATING SECRETARIAT

The 4th meeting of the USAID/West Africa WASH Coordinating Secretariat was held from March 2 to 3, 2017 in Accra, Ghana. In addition to the members of the Coordinating Secretariat, representatives of some 20 organizations working in the WASH sector in Ghana attended this meeting. The meeting provided the participants with an opportunity to share views and information on the issues related to the improvement of communities’ access to water and sanitation services.

Ms. Margaret McMorrow, USAID West Africa Environment Officer, acknowledged the efforts of the Coordinating Secretariat’s members to ensure the smooth running of their activities. She believes these kinds of meetings are real frameworks for knowledge and experience sharing.

Following her welcoming address, Dr. Lakhdar Boukerrou, FIU/USAID WA-WASH, Regional Director made a presentation on the role and objectives of the Coordinating Secretariat. For Dr. Boukerrou, it is very important to federate efforts and share experiences in order to develop the water and sanitation sector, which should be a priority for West African countries. This meeting also allowed the members of the Coordinating Secretariat (AfWA, PSI/SSD, US EPA and FIU/USAID WA-WASH) to further present their activities in the region. In his presentation, Mr. Gilles Djagoun, AfriCap Program Coordinator at the AfWA, stressed the importance of the FIU/USAID WA-WASH's support in strengthening the institutional and human capacities of the Association and implementing the organization’s new knowledge management and information sharing platform, launched recently in Rabat, Morocco.

Presentations were also made by representatives from SNV, Global Communities, Ghana Water Limited and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. The discussions that followed the presentations allowed participants to address topics such as the challenges and prospects of water quality in Ghana, the medium- and long-term approaches and plans to end open defecation, the water and sanitation sector guarantee fund between SNV and Fidelity Bank and the approach used by Global Communities in latrine construction in Ghana. The meeting concluded on the second day with two field visits to the Lavender Hill sludge treatment plant and three “Clean Toilet” sites of the Water and Sanitation for Urban Poor Project (WSUP).

For more details on other activities, visit our website: http://wawash.fiu.edu