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Highlights from our focus countries in 2019: Ghana

Published on: 28/07/2020

What impact did we have in our focus countries in 2019? Sharing highlights from IRC's Annual Report.

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Changing lives through collective action

"I am very impressed with how intensive community sensitisation and engagement through the ANAM WASH radio programme has empowered communities to know that water is their right."
Suglo Ibrahim, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, World Vision Ghana

Achieving SDG 6 in Asutifi North district remains at the heart of our work in Ghana. As a change hub we're working with local partners and providing capacity support to district government.

We're delighted to see increased government leadership and lives changing for the better in the district. District expenditure on WASH doubled during the year, and access to safely managed services in urban communities also doubled. But a strong focus on reaching sanitation targets is still lacking so in 2020 we aim to mobilise funds for that.

Communities are also getting increasingly involved in the district's WASH journey. During 2019 we helped set up a customer service facility, the ANAM WASH website which provides monthly hub updates, and a monthly radio programme which is used for public education and discussions with communities.

We are still organising District Level Learning Alliance Platform meetings where local government, traditional authorities, NGOs and many more people come together to discuss WASH. We're involved with the Sanitation Challenge for Ghana project, which was launched to encourage local politicians to prioritise and invest in sanitation. Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) were challenged to design and implement liquid waste management strategies to transform the livelihoods of urban centres. The best two entries were announced at a ceremony in Accra in July 2019.

We realise the importance of continuing to build and share all this work more widely. We're starting to look at scaling our success in the district, integrating the approach into national level platforms and sharing what we're learning at the global level.

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