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25 Mar


A&WMA Premier Technical Series: EWB’s Evidence Based Decision Making in Northern Ghana

March 25, 2010 | By |

Imagine you are working for the local government of the Saboba District in Ghana, West Africa. Many of the communities within the District are in extreme need of services and infrastructure like clean water, sanitation facilities, and health care. You have many separate donors who want to give you money and implement projects they think will  help the people of your area. But some of these donors have never been to your area and don’t understand the challenges being faced; others are pushing projects that overlap. You can’t say no to these donors because you don’t want to lose their support and money – it is often their money which is keeping your District afloat. So you go along with all of their projects, and although some problems are solved, often the solutions are ineffective, and real causes of problems are left lingering.

Shamir Tanna has spent the last year working the Saboba District Assembly to promote and facilitate the use of evidence-based decision making in the selection of locations for boreholes, latrines, schools, and health centers. The goal of this work is to ensure that the District Assembly can respond such that communities that are in the most urgent need will be helped first, with the right interventions, based on the opportunities and funding sources available. Shamir will speak about his capacity building role, as part of EWB’s Governance and Rural Infrastructure Team and their broader objectives to support effective planning cycle activities and a regional monitoring system at the local government level in Northern Ghana.

The Air and Waste Management Association, Ontario Section has invited EWB to present at their March Premier Technical Presentation Series in Waterloo, on April 28, 2010, with all proceeds of the event going towards EWB-Grand River.

Speaker: Shamir Tanna, African Program Staff, Engineers Without Borders Canada

Shamir Tanna graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 2007. Prior to his work with Engineers Without Borders, Shamir worked as an analyst at TD Securities. During this time, he helped found, a Facebook site, which matches would-be volunteers with non-profit organizations.

Cost: AWMA Member $20, Non-member $25, Student Member $5, Student Non-Member $10, No prior notification surcharge $5

If possible please bring payment the day of the event in the form of cash or cheque (made payable to AWMA-Ontario Section).  All proceeds go to support EWB-Grand River’s African Programs

To Register: Contact Camille Taylor by phone: 519-884-0510

Date: Wednesday April 28, 2010

Note: This event has been rescheduled from the original March 31, 2010 scheduled date.

Time: 7:30 A.M. Registration and Breakfast, 8:00 A.M. – 9:10 A.M. Presentation

Location: Conestoga-Rovers & Associates Ltd., 40 Bathurst Drive, Waterloo, ON


  1. Ceve

    This sounds excellent.
    I hope no one is daunted by the early start time !
    See you there.

  2. Andrew

    Ceve – I am usually VERY daunted by events that start before 8am 😉 but in this case I will see what I can do to attend, even if bleary-eyed.