The Liberia WASH Sector on Wednesday held a technical planning meeting to discuss potential funding opportunity with its counterpart the Water and Sanitation for Africa ,the Pan African Inter Governmental agency serving Africa’s poorest population on the issue of Water and Sanitation.
The meeting which was held at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare brought together technical staff from the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs, Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Health, Education Ministry, The City Government of Monrovia amongst others. The technicians fleshed out critical priority projects from the WASH Sector Investment Plan which has an integrated Capacity Development component and outline the critical Government of Liberia Priority for funding.
During the strategic sector engagement ,The Head of the Program Delivery Unit in the Office of the President, Mr. Gyude Moore, which was will represented at the meeting, stressed the need for the WASH Sector to ensure the proper alignment of programs from the Country Programme Agreement with those of the Agenda for Transformation, The GOL official development instrument used to planned interventions.
Also speaking was the ODA fellow from the Ministry of Finance ,Mr. Erwin Knippeneberg who worked the sector actors through empirical methods by which allocations can be made within the CPA. The ODA Fellow also led a very interesting session on current aid modalities of the GOL and stressed a need to continue in a systematic way to through Country Led processes.
The WSA Country Programme Agreement once signed by the GOL through the Ministry of Finance and other relevant Sector Ministries would open a funding opportunity of well over 31,000,000.00 USD (Thirty One Million United States dollars for the WASH Sector in Liberia.
The WSA in country Focal Person, Mr. Abdul Hafiz Koroma, urged technicians from sector ministries to do everything possible to ensure that the WASH sector begins the implementation of programs outlined within the Country Program Agreement. Technicians are currently working tirelessly to ensure the documents gets signed by Principals well before the hosting of this year’s High level Forum for Water and Sanitation in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Story By: Habakuku Watara Sackor
National WASH Secretariat