New website promotes urban sanitation innovation in Ghana

New website promotes urban sanitation innovation in Ghana

ACCRA, 23 February 2017 – The Sanitation Challenge for Ghana (SC4Gh) team has announced a new website to promote the urban sanitation innovation prize. Mr. Kweku Quansah of the Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate and Mrs. Vida Duti of IRC jointly made the announcement at the 61st National Level Learning Alliance Platform (NLLAP 61) meeting.

Conventional interventions have failed to solve the sanitation crisis facing over 85% households in Ghana. To address this, the SC4Gh was launched in 2015, with a particular focus on urban liquid waste management. The challenge offers prize money worth GBP 1.426 million to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), who develop and implement the most innovative solutions to increase access to sustainable sanitation services for all urban households.

The new website offers better access to information and updates about the contest, information on the 17 MMDAs that have reached the 2nd phase of the challenge, frequently asked questions, and a compilation of approaches and tools for implementing liquid waste management strategies.

Speaking on the launch of the website, Vida Duti, the IRC Ghana Country Director said: “We are excited to be part of this inducement prize for MMDAs, working with government as the local implementing agent of the SC4Gh. Stage 1 (Duapa Awards) of the contest was hugely successful with 48 entries and 21 MMDAs winning awards. Stage 2 (Dignified City Award) of the SC4Gh, which focuses on implementation of liquid waste management strategies, is in progress as planned with 17 out of the 21 MMDAs vying for the ultimate prize. IRC will continue to support Ghana towards the achievement of its national WASH vision; ‘To provide sustained and appropriate water and sanitation services to all citizens by 2025.’ My hope is the redesigned website and its resources will contribute to this.” Be part of the innovative solution and join the campaign that rewards excellence in urban liquid waste management strategies. Welcome to the new SC4Gh website!


About Sanitation Challenge for Ghana

The Sanitation Challenge for Ghana (SC4Gh) is a competition running from November 2015 to December 2018 opened to Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana. The challenge includes a series of monetary prizes and honorary awards. These will incentivise MMDAs in Ghana to design and implement liquid waste management strategies to bring transformational changes to city-wide sanitation services in urban centres with a population of more than 15,000 people (according to the 2010 Census).

 The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) launched the Challenge on the 19th November 2015; presented the Duapa Awards (Stage 1) to 21 MMDAs; and launched the ongoing Dignified City Awards (Stage 2) on 22nd June 2016 with an end-line of November 2018. The Sanitation Challenge for Ghana is developed as part of Ideas to Impact, a UK Department for International Development (DFID)-funded programme, managed by a consortium led by IMC Worldwide. The MLGRD is the lead government of Ghana institution for the prize implementation with technical support from IRC Ghana, acting as IMC’s contracted local agent in Ghana. The MLGRD focal point and members of IRC Ghana form the joint challenge implementation team with the support of Maple consult.

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