The WASH in DPC Programme aimed at improving sustainable access to disaster-resilient WASH facilities in 265 communities of 24 Districts for the benefit of 200,000 people including 50,000 school children in Disaster Prone Communities in Upper East, Upper West and Northern regions of Ghana. The Programme was designed to provide improved and resilient WASH facilities and services in disaster-prone communities in the three regions. The Programme also provided a framework for Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development to partner with the UN team (in line with UNDAF) and contributed to the national development policy framework (GSGDA, 2014 – 2017) and efforts towards implementation of the Ghana Plan of Action for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation.

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“The point of contact into the UN that UN-Habitat provided proved to be the all-important link that was needed to push the project forward. After the few hitches at the beginning, the project went on smoothly with timely monthly reports being submitted”

Mr. Francis Bedros, the First Secretary (Development) at the Canadian High Commission to Ghana

flood resilient water supply facilities to benefit about 203,000 these communities now have a 100 % water supply access rate
individuals (1041 men, 850 women) from 265 communities in 24 districts have been trained as Water and Sanitation Management Teams to manage the 565 resilient water supply systems
of the communities have already achieved or is about to achieve Open Defecation Free (ODF) status.

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Leaving no one and no place behind

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In the last 15 years, we have developed tools to assist policymakers and practitioners to develop strategies for implementing the human right to water and sanitation. These include a publication of a Manual on the Right to Water and Sanitation (…) with the Centre for Human Rights and Evictions (COHRE) and other partners, a Fact Sheet on the Right to Water and Sanitation

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The program has involved women from project conceptualization to implementation. Beneficiaries are women, children, men, and youth

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Design for sanitation facilities are child-friendly, Youth has taken a prominent role in participating in the Multistakeholder forums and working as casuals in the project implementation where physical works are involved.

Sanitation facilities were constructed in 202 beneficiary schools including Kindergarten, which would also serve as safe havens during flooding. These facilities provide 57,749 school children (29,550 boys, and 28,199 girls)

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The programme has developed sanitation facilities that accommodate the physically challenged in communities especially school sanitation facilities, ”disability friendly school sanitation facilities

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Donors and partners

Collaboration between UN-Habitat and its partners in providing access to safe clean water and sanitation has led to a successful implementation of the WASH in DPC programme. In close collaboration with national institutional partners involved in the WASH and Disaster Management sectors in Ghana: the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD – Focal Ministry for the programme), the former Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Ministry of Gender and Social Protection (MGSP), National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Ghana Education Service/School Health Education Programme (GES/SHEP), Ghana Health Service (GHS).

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Pireh Otieno
Water and Sanitation unit