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Ghana: only 0.1% of budget committed to sanitation

In spite of the Government’s pledge to commit 0.5% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to sanitation, the 2011 budget made provision for 0.1%, said Executive Secretary of the Coalition of NGOs in water and sanitation (CONIWAS), Mr Benjamin Arthur. Ghana is one of the signatories of the 2008 eThekwini Declaration in which 17 African governments pledged to allocate a minimum of 0.5% of GDP for sanitation and hygiene.

Arthur said despite the government’s 2010 promise to commit 200 million dollars every year towards water and sanitation activities beginning in 2011, this year’s budget did not reflect that commitment.

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Ghana: Presidential candidates quizzed about sanitation on prime time radio

Candidates for the Ghanaian presidential election scheduled for December 2008 answered questions on prime time radio about their sanitation plans if they are elected.

The candidates took turns to answer questions on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show over three days from 23 to 26 September 2008. The media platform dubbed Flag bearers on Environmental Sanitation was by CONIWAS, a coalition of water and sanitation NGOs in the country.

Listen to the podcasts of the Joy FM’s Super Morning Shows of  September 2008 here.

Read more: Source Bulletin, Nov 2008

Ghana: CONIWAS advocate right to improved sanitation

Many homes in Ghana lack improved toilets as most households toilets are converted to living rooms and some houses built without toilet facilities. As a result a lot of people, especially in the city centres roam helplessly daily looking for toilets to use.  Some resort to public toilets while others defecate in the open, irrespective of the health concerns of such actions.  Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to violence if conditions force them to defecate only after nightfall and in secluded areas.

The Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) believes that every Ghanaian deserves to have access to clean toilets to ease themselves with dignity everyday.  It states that access to improved sanitation is not a privilege but a fundamental human right. (…)

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