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DISCAP Conference Underway

2007-07-28 13:41:06
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Ambrose Dery
Thirty-four beneficiary district assemblies in the Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions are at a two-day Tri-Regional Conference in Wa to review seven years of operations of the Canadian government supported District Capacity Building Project (DISCAP) in Northern Ghana.

The assemblies and other stakeholders in the water and sanitation, as well as health sectors would engaged themselves in discussions to identify institutions that would take over the operations of the project and how to sustain its best practices to benefit the people.

The seven million dollar project, which was originally planned to operate for five years, but was extended to seven, would now come to an end on July 31, this year.

Addressing the participants, the out-going Upper West Regional Minister, Mr Ambrose Dery said DISCAP had contributed significantly to the local government decentralization system and helped to build the capacities of personnel of the assemblies and environmental health units through training, the provision of equipment and transport to perform their core businesses.

It also put in place improved water and sanitation management systems in the districts of three northern regions, which had impacted positively on the lives of the people.

Mr Dery said through the efforts of the project, gender mainstreaming into the district planning coordination, monitoring and evaluation system had become a reality, as districts in the project area had established gender desk officers for more effective management of the district assemblies.

He urged the participants to sustain the various institutions and experiences gained from the project and to build on them, especially the local government practices to promote efficient local governance.

Mr Dery commended DISCAP for supporting the Northern Political Leadership Meetings at the Mole National Park in the West Gonja District, which had been used as a credible planning and advocacy tool for dialoguing among the members of political leadership and their development partners.

He expressed the appreciation of the people of the three northern regions to the Canadian government through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), which he said had helped turn the development fortunes of the area into a reality.

source: GNA

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