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Report on sustainability of community water and sanitation (WATSAN) committees in NW Ghana

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GWI commissioned this assessment of Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) committees in the Upper West region of Ghana, 3 years into their operations. Each of the 32 project communities in this region have a WATSAN committee, composed of approximately 9 local people (men and women). We found that the committees vary in their effectiveness: the majority are proactive and resolve most problems themselves, but some are still too dependent on GWI or do not receive adequate support from the relevant authorities.