A non-governmental organisation (NGO), IRC Ghana, in collaboration with the Asutifi North District Assembly (ANDA), has trained over 40 participants on the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and social media to efficiently and effectively communicate Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities and services to residents.
The initiative, code named District Learning Alliance Platform (DLLAP), was on the theme “Learning for change towards improved performance in Asutifi North District,” and is expected to drive a multi-stakeholder platform geared towards learning, innovation and scale-up within the Asutifi North District Ahonidie Mpontuo (ANAM) initiative.
The participants included the traditional authorities, assembly staff, Ghana Education Service (GES), Ghana Health Service (GHS), civil society and the media.
The facilitator of the set-up processes, Mr. Abu Wumbei of the IRC explained that the current state and pace of progress of WASH calls for new ways of working together, with the government in the lead, geared towards doing things differently for greater impact.
He observed that as a knowledge management workshop, the platform will serve as a vehicle for driving knowledge management and learning within the district, and will seek to link-up with the regional and national level learning platforms.
“The Asutifi North District Learning Alliance Platform (AN-DLLAP) is a WASH sector multi stakeholder platform, with the overall goal of improving sector learning and dialogue. It is hosted by the ANDA with a core group,” he explained.
Mr. Wumbei, therefore, encouraged the participants to use the platform as a learning and sharing opportunity for sector players and ANAM partners to design practical approaches to improving sector engagements, with the aim of achieving a knowledge-driven District WASH sector master plan that delivers quality and sustainable services.
The District Planning Officer, Ata-Era A. James, pledged the assembly’s commitment towards the initiative, and appealed to the participants to use the knowledge gained to support the successful implementation of the programme.
He further called for support and partnership from the traditional authorities and donor agencies to help the assembly prosecute its development interventions.
The Asutifi North District has been selected by IRC Ghana and its partners, with support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, to test a new, realistic and promising solution, to enable the district build on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6.
To this end, IRC, its partners, and ANDA, developed a master plan dubbed “Asutifi North District Ahonidie Mpontuo” (ANAM), which seeks to promote universal access to WASH services to about 84,423 people by 2030.