Who we are
CONIWAS is an abbreviation for the Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation. Various NGOs in the water and sanitation sector have over the years contributed immensely to the sector in this country. The number of such NGOs is large, their locations approaches/strategies have been virtually impossible to track. Their work and achievements were thus rarely documented nor coordinated as complementary to national efforts.
The absence of a clear mechanism for gathering and disseminating the growing experiences of NGOs makes it difficult to use field lessons to influence the sector and advocate for social changes. This situation among others stimulated the interest in forming a coalition with a unified voice, capable of mobilizing sector actors for actions that are non-confrontational but capable of resolving sector concerns. Giving the NGOs one voice for advocacy and lobbying has been one major benefit to the coalition.
CONIWAS has its head office in Accra but as a body nationwide, CONIWAS also has coordinators for the Northern, Middle and Southern zones.
Additionally we work closely with the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, Ministry of Works and Housing , the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) and other key players in the water and sanitation sector.
Working in partnership with sector players to influence policies, remove barriers and promote access to potable water, sanitation and improved hygiene for the poor and vulnerable.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All for Development through Collective Action.
Increasing access to sustainable and equitable WASH Services for the poor and deprived in Ghana.
Our Core Programs
The agenda of the Coalition will be to focus on Advocacy at both policy and decentralized levels to strengthen and deepen our role in influencing policies and practices that hinder access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene by the people.
To ensure improved performance, CONIWAS considers it critical to carry out some diagnosis or social assessments of sector NGOs at the local levels. This will provide the basis for developing capacity/knowledge building, programmes for implementation.
CONIWAS is assuming a substantial responsibility of monitoring water and sanitation service delivery at district and community levels. This is meant to ensure that minimum set standards are followed or obeyed.