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Ghana Outlook

Event organised by ICE

11 May 2022
10:30 - 14:00 BST (GMT+1)
Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel
Pontefract, WF9 1AB
United Kingdom

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Amongst the targets included in The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 are the achievement, by 2030, of universal access to safe water and sanitation, and a reduction of the burden, borne by women, of responsibility to provide water.

In common with many developing countries, Ghana faces huge challenges in trying to meet these targets. Its climate is characterized by seasonal extremes: drought for much of the year and excessive rains for the remainder. Much of its population is in rural areas, in small settlements typically inaccessible by road. In the dry season, women and children have to “walk for water” to unreliable natural sources, invariably used by animals.

The talk will demonstrate how appropriate, sustainable access to safe water can be provided at minimised cost, if there is genuine involvement of beneficiaries throughout development and implementation. Communities must be allowed to lead from problem definition stage and their views must have heavy weight when choices are made. They will provide unpaid labour to construct borehole aprons, latrines or sand dams and will nominate people to be trained by local artisans in routine maintenance. They will enhance a borehole’s sustainability by careful management in accord with prescribed procedures. The process leads to successful outcomes built on community ownership.

For safe water projects, two indicators of performance are presented. First; does everyone have access to enough safe water for basic needs? Second; does it relieve the burden of responsibility, borne by women and children, to provide water. Measuring such outcomes may appear simple, involving observing, recording, adding and timing; in practice, the task is far from straightforward.

Catering, payment and to book

In accordance with the explanation set out to members in Newsletter 21, a small attendance charge of £2.00 per person will be levied, to top up the reduced funding allocation that we receive from the ICE regional budget. The attendance charge will be collected in cash on the day.

Following the meeting a hot and cold selection buffet lunch will be offered. The cost is £13 for the main course buffet (a reduction from the previous £14) and £5 for dessert (optional, increased charge from hotel).

If you wish to attend this meeting, please advise the Hon Secretary not later than Monday 2nd May 2022 giving the information on the form below, either by e-mail to [email protected], or by post to: Frank O’Dwyer, 17, Netherley Brow, OSSETT, WF5 0DH.

This event will also be streamed live. When booking please indicate that you wish to join online so we can forward you the link nearer the time.

Note: RICE (Retired ICE) meetings are open to all members of ICE and to members of other organisations with whom the ICE has a reciprocal arrangement, such as IET and IMechE. Additionally, RICE members may invite a guest to a RICE ordinary meeting, two times in a year.


10:30 - 11:00

Registration, coffee & tea service

11:00 - 11:05

Chair’s Opening remarks and notices

11:05 - 12:45

Presentation by John Walker, followed by questions and discussion

12:45 - 14:00

Bar open and buffet lunch service


John Walker

John Walker

retired consultant civil engineer

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John Walker

John Walker is a retired consultant civil engineer.  He has over 40 years’ experience, specialising in transportation planning and traffic engineering. He is not a water engineer.  He spent many years overseas as a specialist adviser within government departments, most extensively in Thailand, Iran and Pakistan, initially with consultant Freeman Fox and later with Jamieson MacKay. Until retirement, he was a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and was a Director of JMP Consultants Ltd responsible for the firm’s overseas commissions and its offices in Leeds and Newcastle.

Since 2012 he has been a trustee of Ghana Outlook, a small UK registered charity based in Penistone.  The charity works with three small Ghanaian NGOs (charities) to bring safe water and/or sanitation to remote communities and schools, dry season vegetable growing for women’s groups and tractor services for women’s group farming in the remote, dry north. 

Booking form

For more information please contact:

Joanne Topping