• A multi-year programme aimed at improving water, sanitation and  hygiene (WASH)

  • Behavioural changes and hygiene education is made available

  • The project will give 140,000 residents access to drinking water

The Ghana-Netherlands WASH Programme (GNWP) 

Poor hygienic conditions, inadequate access to facilities and a lack of maintenance presented a health risk to Ghana’s population. In order to reduce these risks, the governments of Ghana and the Netherlands initiated a multi-year programme aimed at improving water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The Ghana Netherlands WASH Programme – GNWP – focuses on integrated urban water and sanitation facilities in five large municipalities in Ghana.

GNWP aims to address these issues through innovative funding schemes for projects and by establishing partnerships between public- and private-sector entities. In addition, behavioural changes among local residents are being promoted and hygiene education is being made available. This approach helps to reduce the health risks for local residents in these five municipalities.

Improving water, sanitation and hygiene
Witteveen+Bos collaborated with management consultancy firm Berenschot and Dutch NGO Simavi to implement GNWP. The consortium assisted the municipalities in developing the WASH masterplans Witteveen+Bos drafted the designs and call for tender documentation for the identified infrastructural projects and contributed to the development of the masterplans. These plans covered the capacity of the water supply system, sewer system and sanitary infrastructure. Efforts concerning behavioural changes were focused on reducing open defecation and the consortium completed WASH facilities and hygiene education in 100 schools in Accra and in the Cape Coast region. The project in Cape Coast will give 140,000 residents access to drinking water.

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Within the GNWP project the WASH facilities have been developed and 100 schools in Accra and in the vicinity of Cape Coast have followed an education program. This has resulted in improved sanitation for thousands of students and teachers