Technical Monitoring Report
The Ghana technical monitoring was carried out between 7 November and 11 November 2016. The field visits were carried out in the following towns: Accra, Tema, Adaklu in Volta region and Kumasi. During the briefing on progress meeting, the grantees presented progress on project and following the format of meeting in Kenya and Uganda the grantees presented on the impact of uptake of SCP practices and patterns by the selected MSMEs. The grantees in Accra and Tema region presented on 7 November while those in Kumasi presented on 10 November in Kumasi.
Main observations during the field visits to MSMEs in Ghana:
a. The impact of some SCP practices was good e.g. on re-skilling of Masons from housing structures to biogas construction. Preliminary data shows the income of the mason interviewed has doubled since the re-skilling.
b. The SAG project in Adaklu region (efficient cooking stoves) led to up scaling by Word bank project (WB/WAPP) where they managed to get a slicer, enclosed storage area and more gari stoves from the World Bank.
c. The livelihoods of the people in this area has improved and the quality of the gari is higher; health benefits in terms of less smoke for the women as well as savings in energy cost (stove uses less firewood).
d. Toolkits developed and used for training in the e-waste project, center for training developed and trained technicians are now recycling e-waste and delivering to e-waste centers. There is significant improvement in the space in their shops and they have gained income from disposing the e-waste.
e. In Kumasi the project on Industrial symbiosis has carried out training and follow up visits to MSMEs. The agreement with this grantee has had some issues mainly on making the toolkits used public. A meeting was held with the grantee in Kumasi to agree on the way forward.
a. Improve on the costing of e-waste e.g. dismantling vs. components taking into account the labour and transport costs.
b. Collaboration with other grantees can be enhanced further e.g. those working on the same e.g. e-waste and others on business development.
c. Documentation on impact of the project is poor and this needs to be improved.
d. Visibility of the project needs to be enhanced (someone does not have to travel to Ghana to see the impacts of the project).