The newly launched Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector Development Programme aims to boost universal access to WASH services by 2030.
The Ghana WASH Sector Development Programme (GWASHSDP) 2021-2030, developed by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, with support from the World Bank Group and other local and international stakeholders was launched on Tuesday.
The programme provides a framework for coordinated implementation of activities to achieve national, regional, and global visions, goals, and targets for integrated water resource management and sustainable WASH services for everyone everywhere in the country by 2030.
The GWASHSDP proffers solutions to challenges limiting sustainable WASH service provision and water conservation and encourages greater stakeholder participation in planning, implementation, monitoring, and reporting processes in water resource management and WASH service delivery and management.
Launching the new sector programme, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, said the key target of the new program was to achieve at least universal WASH services by 2030 and progressively increase the proportion of the population with access to safely managed services.
“We are committed to ensuring that all people living in Ghana have access to adequate, safe, affordable, and reliable basic water service, practice safe sanitation and hygiene,” said Dapaah.
She added, “The government, through the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, is investing 1.4 billion U.S. dollars in several water and sanitation projects nationwide.”
Moreover, the minister said the government was also partnering other key stakeholders and the private sector to provide water and sanitation infrastructure.
“Some of these projects have been completed, and others are ongoing. About 5.3 million people will benefit from these interventions,” she added.
In his remarks, Saroj Kumar Jha, Global Director for Water Practice at the World Bank Group, lauded Ghana for adopting an all-inclusive approach to WASH sector planning and decision-making.
He urged the country to adopt an innovative approach to fund-raising to implement the beautiful programme for the sector.
“It is great to have good programs, but without money, you cannot get it done,” the World Bank Official said.
The 2021 Population Census put access to basic drinking water services 87.7 percent, and improved toilet facilities, including public toilets at 80.8 percent.