The Ghana Netherlands Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Program (GNWP) aims at creating awareness and behaviour change around water use, sanitation and hygiene, particularly among young people in schools. Running from 2012 to 2017, it focuses on five districts in Ghana: Ga South, Ga West and Ga Central in the Greater Accra Region; Cape Coast Metropolitan and the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem (KEEA) constituency in the Central Region.

The main partners in the GNWP consortium are Berenschot, Witteveen+Bos and Simavi. Akvo FLOW is being used in the ‘WASH for schools’ programme – which forms an important part of the GNWP – to create baseline surveys on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities and practices, initially in 250 schools.

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Above: Pre-testing of the GNWP Akvo FLOW surveys took place at the Al-Waleed Comprehensive Islamic Basic School in Accra, 2 April 2014. Photo by Charlotte Soedjak.

Last week my colleague Valentin Iogo and I facilitated a three-day Akvo FLOW training workshop in Accra. Day one of the workshop focused on getting the dashboard managers set up on the FLOW dashboard and familiarising them with how it works, so they can manage surveys and data. The second and third day focused on training the enumerators (the people who carry out the surveys on the ground using Akvo FLOW on mobile devices). This involved preparing their phones for data collection, explaining the FLOW app and running through the surveys. To pre-test the surveys we visited the Al-Waleed school in Accra, where all enumerators could practise using the app and test the surveys during interviews with teachers and students. 

An important part of the training involved discussing and refining the surveys. Input from both enumerators and those who handle the data is very valuable to ensure surveys are of good quality. This was an enthusiastic group. Their valuable input in the discussions not only made the workshop fun and interesting but also resulted in significant survey improvements. To get a feel of the training see my Flickr set

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Above: The enumerators and dashboard managers. 
Below: Valentin  (left of group in both pictures) explains the FLOW app to the enumerators.
Photos by Charlotte Soedjak.

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Baseline data collection started on 8 April and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the month. You can view the data as it comes in on the GNWP dashboard

Here’s a video interview I conducted with Samuel Sarpong from ProNet Ghana about the FLOW workshop. 

In Ghana, Akvo FLOW is also used in the SMARTerWASH programme, which is a joint initiative that aims to ensure monitoring information is used effectively to keep water and sanitation services working, implemented in 64 districts (about one third of Ghana).

Charlotte Soedjak is Project manager based in Amsterdam. Valentin Iogo is Project officer based in Burkina Faso.