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Sanitation Challenge 4 Ghana (CWSA-BMGF Sanitation Prize Award)

2017 - 2018 • Community Water and Sanitation Agency


To encourage private contractors and other non-state actors to partner with local governments to develop innovative and pragmatic business-oriented service models


The programme is part of a large action research programme called Ideas to Impact, which aims to test the applicability and effectiveness of innovation prizes for addressing critical development challenges in climate change adaptation, energy access, and water and sanitation for the world’s poorest people or low-income households.

The Sanitation prize will aim at stimulating private sector and non-state actors to partner with 17 Metropolitan Municipal District Assemblies (MMDAs) and contribute expertise, funding and innovative solutions to address challenges along the liquid waste value chain. The support will also foster sustained partnership and co-ownership of the implementation of liquid waste management strategies in each MMDA. The support will also lay the foundation to learn and document experiences for the design and implementation of city wide sanitation in the 17 MMDAs.

This project is about a Sanitation Prize Award by Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) with funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Supporting and extending a DFID scheme of Sanitation Prizes where District Assemblies and Metropolitan Assemblies can submit a proposal for partnering with the private sector to improve sanitation. The best proposals get a large enough cash prize to allow them to start the work they proposed.

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To encourage private contractors and other nonstate actors to partner with local governments to develop innovative and pragmatic business –orientation service models to improve the management of sanitation and feacal sludge.

- Use innovative approaches to transform and significantly improve sanitation service delivery;
- Mobilise external donor funding for urban sanitation to equitably target and benefit the urban poor;
- Enable private sector financing, particularly for household sanitation and sanitation businesses;
- Create public-private partnerships with incentives for private entrepreneurs and businesses to provide sanitation services for the urban poor;
- Partner with civil society, academia, NGOs, and innovators to harmonize sanitation programme approaches and make more effective use of the collective human and financial resources at national level.

Further information

Research or implementation partners: IRC Ghana, IMC Worldwide

Current state of affairs: The award has been launched, learning practice workshop for private sector and non-state actors organized, the process for selection is ongoing

Biggest successes so far: ignited the interest and competition among private sector to partner MMDAs

Contact information

Theodora Adomako- Adjei
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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Cities Emptying and transport (non sewered) Enabling environment and institutional strengthening Faecal sludge treatment processes Government-owned entity (not university or research) Market development Operation, maintenance and sustainable services Practitioners Public awareness, advocacy and civil society engagement Specific to one or several countries Sub-Saharan Africa Urban (entire city)


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