New water systems of enormous value to growing towns in Ghana
March 2021: A key trend of urbanisation across Africa is villages evolving into small towns but lacking the accompanying investment in basic services. The Ashanti region, Ghana’s most populated region, is an example of this challenge. As a result, whole communities lack access to clean water.
Ghana has a growing population of 29 million people and is one of the most urbanised countries in Africa.
Almost half the country now lives in towns and cities, and of these less than one fifth has access to at least a basic sanitation service.
While poverty in Ghana is in decline, the challenges caused by rapid urbanisation are on the rise. Nearly half the population in Kumasi rely on public toilets, with only one toilet for every 1,000 people, and water services in low-income urban areas are often non-existent. This is having a massive knock-on effect on the population’s health, dignity and economic growth.
WSUP started working in Ghana in 2010, improving water and sanitation services in Accra and Kumasi. Since then we’ve developed strong relationships with service providers and policy makers to improve water and sanitation services for the country’s poorest urban communities. We have also set up a standalone sanitation service, Clean Team, that provides container-based toilets for a monthly fee covering toilet rental and the container replacement service.
Institutions that deal with sanitation issues at both local and national levels in Ghana tend to be weak, culminating in low progress achieved on sanitation over the years. The challenges are complex.
Blog: December 2019 – Ghana reactivates the call for a National Sanitation Authority
Plans for a new national sanitation body in Ghana have been reactivated by the government, raising the hope of accelerated efforts towards universal coverage. But serious challenges remain.
Blog: November 2019 – For sale: safe sanitation in Ghana
“I have lived in this compound for the past few years without a toilet. You have to deal with the inconvenience of using a public toilet,” says 60-year-old Yaa Achiaa.
Report: November 2019 – Sales glitch: Can Ghana unblock its toilet sales market?
This report explores the financial, social, legal and physical hurdles to improving household sanitation in Ghana. We demonstrate the impact that such a ‘disabling’ environment can have on market-based programmes and make suggestions to ease the path to the market for safe sanitation products in the future.
Learn more about our work in Ghana:
Project: March 2020 – Evaluation of user experience outcomes of Clean Team service use
Clean Team Ghana is a social enterprise in Kumasi providing container-based toilets for a monthly fee. This project conducted an evaluation of user experience outcomes for customers of Clean Team Ghana to further improve the business model and aid understanding around user experience for this type of model.
To find out how you can support our work in Ghana, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +44 (0)20 7822 1867.