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REACH: improving water security for the poor

Yvonne Opoku Kwarteng, Secretary for Women`s Consultative Committee speaking during the EWI dissemination meeting in Asutifi North District

The overall aim of this project was to co-develop an ‘Empowerment in WASH index,’  a tool to measure empowerment in the water and sanitation sector to advance inclusive water security and gender equality. This assessment and monitoring tool aims to close the evidence gap on the links between WASH interventions and the empowerment and well-being of individuals. The tool was developed by Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Queens University, Canada. IRC was co-lead of the project together with SEI.

The two study regions were Banfora in Burkina Faso and Asutifi North District in Ghana, where poverty and water security challenges threaten human wellbeing.

The project started in October 2017 and ended in June 2019.