The Global Water Partnership (GWP), West Africa, ended its 5th Assembly of Partners (AP) meeting in Accra during the week with a call for increased collaboration among West African countries in the management of water resources.
Several participants from Ghana, Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Togo, attended the meeting, organised by the Executive Secretariat of the sub-regional body headquartered in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in partnership with the Government of Ghana and the Country Water Partnership (CWP) of Ghana.
During the meeting, the Chair of Global Water Partnership for West Africa (GWP-WA), Mr Hama Arba Diallo, said the region was one of the poorest, with weak governance structures and poorly designed infrastructure, developments which posed major challenges to the water sector.
He, therefore, stressed the need for countries in the sub-region to come together and devise strategies that would help address the water problems currently facing the region.
The meeting was on the theme, “Strengthening policy, institutional and legal frameworks for groundwater: A compelling need to prevent conflicts in West Africa”.
Mr Hama Arba Diallo,said issues such as getting decentralised bodies to share views and experiences and work together to change the lives of local communities needed to be addressed.
“How do we get national governments to put in more means (financial, human, etc) in water governance issues?” he asked
Issues discussed at the meeting attended by over 40 delegates of the 13 Country Water Partnerships (CWPs) included a presentation on the West African Regional Policy of Water Resources, the role of the management bodies of shared waters, the presentation of water cooperation initiatives in the region, GWP Strategy 2014-2019 and guidance on the 2014-2016 work plan for West Africa and renewal of the organs of GWP/WA: Steering Committee, Technical Committee, and the Executive Secretariat as well as the recruitment of the Chair.