Working together for safe water in Ghana: the journey so far
This country brief – compiled by IRC – shares the highlights and lessons learned from collective action in Asutifi North district and implementing a social enterprise model in Wassa East district in Ghana. The Safe Water Strategy partnership – made possible with funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation – works to ensure access to safe water, a reality, for everyone, for good.
The challenge and context in Ghana..
The Government of Ghana wants to make WASH services universally
accessible for everyone in the country, and to manage water resources sustainably for multiple purposes.
In 2017, 36% of the population had access to safely managed water, 18% had access to basic sanitation services, and 41% to basic hygiene services.
At the national level, institutional structures, policies and strategies are in place. But coordinating the planning process is difficult because of unclear and sometimes competing mandates and limited availability of staff and resources. This in turn has an effect on asset management, water safety planning, partnership management at all levels, and the level of services that people receive.
In 2017, a new Ministry for Sanitation and Water Resources was established to provide strategic focus, a coordination platform and draw attention to the challenges in the sector. The Ministry’s medium-term development policy framework on WASH and integrated water resources management (IWRM) for 2018-21, focuses on:
- improving access to safe water and reliable water services
- improving access to reliable environmental sanitation services
- promoting efficient and sustainable wastewater management
- promoting sustainable water resource development and management
- reducing environmental pollution