Achieving the goal and objectives of projects
implemented remains the desire of project decision makers in the Gushegu district.
The Gushegu district assembly in collaboration with the development partners have
implemented water and sanitation projects in most of the communities in the district.
However, many of these projects have not achieved their desired objective of ensuring
availability of water and good sanitation due to varied challenges. There are many
people especially in the rural areas in the district who still do not have access
to drinking water all year-round while others are still living in very poor environment
condition after decades of interventions in the area of water and sanitation.
This research sort to uncover the main challenges
of the implementation of these important projects aimed at leveraging the people
from poverty and disease in the Gushegu district of the northern region of Ghana.
The study found that inadequate commitment level
of project staffs, lack of involvement of the project beneficiaries in planning
and decision-making process and some cultural beliefs system of the people of Gushegu
challenges the successes of the water and sanitation project implementations. Also,
inadequate financial resources on the part of the Gushegu district assembly and
unpredictable funds flow from the development partners as well weak monitoring of
the planned implementation challenged the successes of the water and sanitation
projects in the districts.
Therefore, the Gushegu district assembly, the
development partner in the water and sanitation area, the community members who
are the direct beneficiaries needs to work towards behaviour change and re-examine
the institutional partnership to succeed in these projects.
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