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Title:Reflections on the institutional arrangements for decentralised rural water and sanitation delivery in Ghana
Authors:Ampadu-Boakye, JosephISNI
Laryea, Nii Odai Anidaso
Periodical:Journal of Local Government Studies (ISSN 2026-5840)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
local government
water supply
rural development
Refuse and refuse disposal, Rural
Water-supply, Rural
Sanitation, Rural
Sanitation--Law and legislation
Abstract:The framework for the delivery of community water and sanitation facilities requires Municipal/District Assemblies to establish Water and Sanitation committees (WATSANs), Water and Sanitation Development Boards (WSDBs) and District Water and Sanitation Teams (DWSTs) to facilitate effective project implementation and sustainability of interventions at the community and district levels. However, the legal framework for decentralization in Ghana entrusts the responsibility for local-level development, including the operation and management of water and sanitation facilities, to the Urban, Zonal, Town and Area Councils and Unit Committees. Besides, the DWSTs are not recognized as formal structures within the District Assembly. The coexistence of these distinct categories of institutions at the community and district levels in some instances has resulted in power struggles and rivalry. This paper calatalogues some experiences in interactions among the institutions and concludes that integrating the WATSANs/WSDBs and DWSTs in the existing district and sub-district formal structures would ensure adequate legitimacy of decentralized structures, reduce fragmentation of roles and allow for greater organizational autonomy and clearer lines of accountability in decentralized water and sanitation delivery. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]