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Ghana: Water, Climate and Development Project validated and launched

The national meeting to validate and launch the Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP) in Ghana for ‘no/low’ regrets investments to increase access to water and sustainable development was held on 11th July, 2013 at Erata Hotel in Accra. The meeting was organised by the Ghana Country Water Partnership (G-CWP) in collaboration with the National Level Learning Alliance Platform (NLLAP) of the Resource Centre Network under the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing.

The WACDEP aims to support integration of water security and climate resilience/adaptation in development planning and decision making processes through (i) enhanced technical and institutional capacity; and (ii) predictable financing of investments. Over seventy (70) participants were gathered from government institutions including Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as the private sector, civil society organizations and the Media.

The project was launched by Mr. Frederick Addae, Director of Water at the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing on behalf of the Minister. He indicated government’s commitment to partner with development partners and NGOs in the water and water related sector to implement the provisions of public policies to meet the social and economic good of its citizens without compromising environmental integrity.

The function was chaired by the Director for Planning, Dr. I. K. Osei-Bonsu, who represented the Director General at the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC). He noted that government was in the process to develop guidelines to ensure that projects in the water and water related sectors meet the criteria to make them bankable.

The Programme Officer and representative of the Executive Secretary of GWP West Africa, Mr. Mahamadou Tiemtore was thankful to Ghana government for the support to the project. He was hopeful that stakeholders would collaborate with the project secretariat to realize the deliverables.

The chairman of Ghana-CWP, Mr. Nii Boi AYEBOTELE, presented the WACDEP in Ghana. This afforded participants insights into the project goal and objectives, and recognized the collaborative engagements needed among stakeholders to drive the process towards structured learning and policy influence. Finally, the workplan was validated by the actors following their contributions on the need to streamline and strengthen the planning process and implementation of the project.Vue participants à l'atelier