Aquaya in Consortium Awarded $39 Million USAID Contract – Enhancing WASH
Enhancing Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (EWASH) to increase access to sustainable WASH services in districts located in six regions of Ghana.
The Aquaya Institute is a member of a consortium led by Global Communities that has been awarded a five-year, $39 million contract from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Ghana for the Enhancing Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (EWASH) Program. EWASH will increase access to sustainable WASH services in districts located in six regions of Ghana.
The activity will partner with the Government of Ghana (GoG) to enhance governance and planning for WASH service delivery, strengthen sustainable WASH financing, improve private sector engagement, and accelerate the adoption of convenient and safe WASH behaviors.
Motivation for Enhancing WASH
Despite significant progress by the GoG, 80% of all diseases in Ghana are caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation and more than nine million people do not have access to safe drinking water. Dependency on unsafe water sources is higher in rural areas, which also lack sanitation infrastructure.
To build on the successes of the USAID-funded Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for Health (W4H) project and maximize behavior-led impacts, Global Communities has partnered with international and Ghanaian experts to design the five-year Enhancing WASH project to increase access to sustainable WASH services in six regions of Ghana.
The consortium will maximize opportunities for sustainably funded WASH solutions by continuing to engage the GoG in designing pro-poor policies and solutions, while also supporting poor-inclusive market development for water and sanitation products and services.
Real change requires the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, Metropolitan, Municipals and District Assemblies to work hand in hand with the consortium on all aspects of WASH hardware and software. Using participatory approaches, the consortium will foster self-reliance and community management that holds local governments accountable for continued quality service delivery.
The Enhancing WASH program aims to promote the following improvements/behaviors:
- The GoG efficiently and effectively plans, budgets, implements, and monitors water and sanitation services;
- The GoG and other actors improve the enabling environment for private sector participation in the WASH sector;
- Citizens adopt and sustain improved WASH practices; and
- WASH service providers adopt improved management, operational, and finance models.