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WASH data collection made easy for TNMA

Achieving universal access to basic water and sanitation services by 2030 requires the availability of accurate data on existing Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities.

The Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Assembly (TNMA) can now seamlessly collect data on WASH facilities in the municipality through the use of AKVO Flow (a technological data collection and analysis tool), which will inform budgetary allocation for WASH services in the Municipality.

This was made possible following the training of staff of the TNMA on the Akvo Flow and the subsequent donation of ten new smart mobile phones to the Assembly by AKVO, a member of the Watershed consortium.

The Watershed Project, an initiative of IRC, Wetlands International, SIMAVI, Akvo and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affair being implemented in 15 communities in the Tarkwa Nsuaem municipality and seeks to deliver improvements in the governance and management of WASH as well as Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) services. HFFG a local partner for SIMAVI is implementing the intervention in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality.

The training was done by Banzouma Coulibaly and Birama Sangaré from the AKVO team in Mali.

 

The Municipal Planning Officer of the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Assembly and a beneficiary of the AKVO training and donation said:

“The training and the mobile devices will enable us have data on wash facilities to help in the distribution of resources equitably on the assembly. If we know the number of people in a particular location then we can have an idea of the number of wash facilities needed. We are grateful to AKVO and Hope for Future Generations, for facilitating the training and the donation of the phones.”

Already the Assembly has collected data on sanitation and waste management facilities from 50 households in four communities using the Akvo Flow application. The TNMA is expected to collect data from 436 communities to inform the Assembly on WASH service delivery.

Since the Watershed programme commenced in 2016, there has been an increase in partnership and collaboration between communities and the Tarkwa Nsuem Municipal Assembly in the areas of WASH service delivery. This is as a result of the close collaboration with the Municipal Assembly on implementation, sensitization of communities on existing WASH and IWRM policies and development of community scorecard on WASH and IWRM which empowered citizens with knowledge and skills for engagement.

The intervention has also enhanced accountability and better management of WASH facilities in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality.

Under the programme, three civil societies organizations, private WASH operators, 30 community advocates, 263 community opinion leaders have been trained on WASH, IWRM, lobby/ advocacy and the use of community scorecard to rate the performance of duty bearers.

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