The West Africa programme aims to contribute to the achievement of full coverage in sustainable WASH services in West Africa through catalyzing and supporting improved local governance for WASH services and integrated water resources management through various action research programmes in its two focus countries Burkina Faso and Ghana. IRC has been working for over 20 years in the region and is also keen on sharing its philosophy, ideas and skills with partners in the region for improved local governance and sector coordination.
In Burkina Faso, IRC works with a range of partners at national, regional (provincial) and municipal level. Our objectives: to develop the knowledge, capacity, attitude and practice of sector institutions to deliver sustainable water and sanitation services; to stimulate a learning culture and better environment for stronger cooperation and coordination in the WASH sector and its related fields. IRC also support information flows in Burkina Faso through the blog Fas'Eau Nouvelles.
IRC is committed to supporting Ghana to achieve its national vision of providing sustained and appropriate water and sanitation services to all citizens in 2025, in order to improve livelihoods and reduce poverty, and to make sure that this is done using water resources which are developed and used sustainably at the local level. Since 2011, we have had a branch office in Ghana. Major programmes IRC Ghana is involved in are:
- Water services that last (Triple-S)
- Support to the Resource Centre Network Ghana
News feed maintained by information specialists from IRC and partners.
More about selected programmes and activities, ranging from large programmes which are (partly) focusing on West Africa, to small-scale activities.
This is the knowledge management and communication strategy for the West Africa Water Initiative (WAWI) which proposes a practical approach to address the challenges and opportunities missed. It hopes to help WAWI create a community to connect people from various countries and communities, expressing that people are at the very heart if this strategy is to succeed.