From 6-8 May, the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) stood out as the Water Sanitation and Hygiene Technologies (WASHTech) Ghana project team participated in a market place exhibition at the West Africa Regional Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) Workshop held in Accra, under the theme, Scaling-up household water treatment and safe storage through national policy environments and integration strategies.
The Government of Ghana in collaboration with the World Health Organization and UNICEF organised the regional workshop for government officials from four West African countries (the Gambia, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone) to discuss and strategize on developing more supportive policy and effective national strategies for scaling up HWTS.
The WASHTech poster exhibition titled, “Investing in Sustainable WASH Technologies”, showcased the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) concept; the TAF process; Interpretation of possible TAF results; and the concept of the Technology Introduction Process (TIP) with partner logos spread across the lower end. The stand attracted a lot of interest and questions from participants as their attention was regularly drawn to the stand during discussion sessions by the project team members represented by Ben Tuffour of TREND and Abu Wumbei of RCN.
Over the three-day period, the information sharing and discussions centered on country overviews, the challenges, solutions and tools to advance policy, practice and knowledge around HWTS. Participants were then divided into country teams and tasked to develop draft national action plans and share with the whole group. Among other things the Ghana team considered the TAF as a proposed tool for assessing and monitoring HWTS technologies. During the reporting back plenary session, Ben Tuffour was given the opportunity to respond to specific questions from the other country groups, on the TAF and its applicability to HWTS technologies.
The market place exhibition was a side event, which gave participants the opportunity to exhibit their technologies, innovations, frameworks, and new insights in poster-format, among others. The exhibitors included the Sanipath project led by Emory University and the Splash Project led by UNICEF among others. The exhibition stands caught the attention of most of the over 80 participants including government ministers, members of parliament and donor partners. As an added incentive, according to the HWTS network, WHO and UNICEF have offered post-workshop seed funding to government-led country teams to assist in moving forward with components of the respective national HWTS action plans.
Abu Wumbei/ RCN Ghana