March 22, 2013

The 4th "Beyond the Pipe" Forum held in Accra, Ghana

Safe Water Network hosted its fourth Forum, bringing together leaders from the public and private sector to discuss how we can address Ghana's safe water challenges. This one-day event included speakers and break-out sessions as well as an opportunity to informally convene. 

Ghana's Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, the Honorable Collins Dauda, gave the keynote address and offered an invitation to all stakeholders, including the private sector, to provide input on how new technology, expertise and resources can help with the implementation of the National Water Policy and its accompanying Water Sector Strategic Development Plan (2012-2025). 

Safe Water Network's Joseph Ampadu-Boakye presented the findings from our Ghana Market Assessment, a comprehensive review and analysis of the present and potential role of market-based approaches in safe water provision in underserved markets. This work was funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and built upon the knowledge we've developed during our four years overseeing market-based initiatives in Ghana. 

Breakout sessions focused on the key success drivers and challenges for ensuring local sustainability in safe water access and addressed key thematic areas including local capacity, policy environment, economics, finance, consumer and technology. 

The recommendations that came out of the day's events will be compiled and shared with sector stakeholders in Ghana and globally. 

For more information on the Forum or for a copy of the complete market assessment report, contact Joseph Aboakye: jaboakye@safewaternetwork.org.