Ongoing projects

Analysis of factors influencing implementation of municipal regulation requiring landlords to provide acceptable sanitation for tenants

Aim: To build towards improved enforcement of municipal regulations requiring landlords in Ghanaian cities to provide acceptable sanitation facilities for tenants, and thus to increase market demand for sanitation services (toilet construction, septic tank emptying) and to improve the quality of sanitation among residents of low-income urban communities in Ghana.

Lead research institution: NHance Development Partners

For more background on this project, see the original Research Call.

The research aspect of this project is now complete. For more information on its findings, see our new Policy Brief: ‘Smart enforcement of sanitation by-laws in Ghana‘ or our blog post.

Compound housing in Accra

International comparative study of models for Ghana’s proposed National Sanitation Authority (NSA), and associated support to the Government of Ghana’s decision-making around design of the NSA

Aim: To document comparative models of national-level sanitation authorities for Ghana’s Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, and to support decision-making around design of Ghana’s future National Sanitation Authority.

For more background on this project, see the original Research Call, or read the interim report examining the institutional arrangements for sanitation in 15 countries, and their potential viability within the Ghanaian context.

Lead research institution: IMC Worldwide

Start date: October 2017

Expected date of completion: September 2018

Research around sanitation surcharges included in property taxes in Ghana

Aim: To generate evidence that supports development of the recently introduced sanitation surcharge in Ga West, such that it proves effective in terms of revenue generation, and cost-effective and pro-poor in terms of expenditure, and to generate evidence that will enable other Ghanaian municipalities to consider replication of this model.

Lead research institution: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)

Start date: April 2018

Expected date of completion: December 2018

Latest resources

Situation analysis of the urban sanitation sector in Ghana

This report explores the background to the urban sanitation sector in Ghana. Published July 2017.

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Smart enforcement of sanitation by-laws in Ghana

This Policy Brief summarises the findings and recommendations following research into the factors influencing implementation of municipal regulation requiring landlords to provide acceptable sanitation for tenants.

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International study of institutional models to support the development of Ghana’s proposed National Sanitation Authority

This report assesses the institutional arrangements for the sanitation sector in fifteen countries in order to assist the decision-making process about the roles and responsibilities of the NSA.

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