New funding of $125 Million USD has been approved by the World Bank for improved water supply and sanitation services (WASH) in Accra and Kumasi, Ghana.
The financing will provide water, sanitation and hygiene facilities to schools and healthcare facilities in both municipalities. In addition, management of environmental sanitation services will be addressed. Households benefiting from water connections will receive further assistance from improved handwashing facilities and relevant handwashing training.
“Providing equitable access to safe and improved water supply and sanitation services is essential to improve people’s lives particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this project, we are committed to provide better access to water and sanitation to the most vulnerable, therefore improving lives and reducing poverty,” said Pierre Laporte, World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia, on 22 September.
Funding will also be applied to improve coordination between critical agencies. Ghana Water Company Limited and the metropolitan and municipal assemblies will focus on reducing non-revenue water, improving wastewater management, and addressing issues of pollution and climate change.
The government of Ghana will also participate in the program to replicate the successful Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project (GAMA SWP) in Kumasi with the object to expand services. Targets include providing over 500,000 people access to improved water services, 250,000 people with household toilet facilities, and 200,000 people with institutional sanitation facilities.
The program is supported through the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) which provides grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve people’s lives in the poorest economies.