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ESPA organizes training for staff and members

By ESPA Team

Twenty -two people made up of staff of the Environmental Service Providers Association (ESPA), and selected personnel from member companies are benefitting from a 15-day tailor- made training programme with support from the government of the Netherlands.
The training is aimed at building the capacities of both staff of the ESPA Secretariat as well as member companies to enable them deal effectively with rising challenges associated with waste management, particularly in urban areas due to increasing population and industrialisation.
The Executive Secretary to the ESPA, Ms Ama Ofori Antwi described the training as timely coming on the heels of the Secretariat’s plans to improve on all aspects of its work, as well help members build on their capacity to improve on their service delivery.

Mr. Michael Nkrumah, facilitator (standing) in one of the training sessions in Accra.

The ESPA Secretariat secured funding from the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for capacity building for its staff and some selected member companies. The secretariat secured the grant by providing a counterpart funding of 20 per cent while the NFP provided the 80 per cent for the implementation of the training programme.

Training Partner ,MDF Training and Consultancy, West Africa office is scheduled to take participants through the 15 days in three modules.  The theme for the training program is Strengthening the capacities of staff of ESPA in information management and advocacy in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

During the 15-days training, participants would be trained on the following:
· Information Systems and Fundraising
· Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning
· Advocacy and Policy Influencing

· What should ESPA do to build a needs based, Monitoring and Evaluation system?
· What are the responsibilities of management structures for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation?
· What data do we need to understand the context, output, outcome and impact? And who collects, analyses and processes these data, when and how?
· Attainment of reflected learning as important element of monitoring and evaluation.
· Develop tools to do advocacy and lobbying.
· Develop a fund raising strategy.

Participants were drawn from the ESPA Secretariat and 12 companies belonging to the ESPA. The companies are :
Asadu Royal Waste Waste Landfills
Rural Waste Asibod Company Limited
Ghana Plastic Manufacturers Association J. Stanley Owusu
Zoomlion Ghana Limited Alliance Waste
Zoom Domestic Jekora Ventures
Dans Waste Yafuru Enterprise


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