Ghana To Provide 550,000 People with Improved Water and Sanitation Services
Project Details - Project ID : P171620 Status : Active Team Leader : Yitbarek Tessema Mammo
Country : Ghana Approval Date : (as of board presentation) September 22, 2020
Total Project Cost : US$ 125.00 million Africa West Commitment Amount : US$ 125.00 million
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved $125 million from the International Development Association for the Greater #Accra #Metropolitan #Area #Sanitation and #Water #Project (#GAMA SWP). This additional financing will support the #Government of the #Republic of #Ghana’s effort to reach 550,000 people in low income #urban #communities of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area (#GKMA) with improved #sanitation and water #supply #services.
“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.
The additional financing to the GAMA SWP will also help strengthen the management of environmental sanitation services in the GAMA and GKMA. It will provide water, sanitation and hygiene facilities to schools and healthcare facilities and promote handwashing. Households benefiting from toilets and/or water connections will benefit from handwashing facilities and relevant handwashing training.
“By promoting the use of safe sanitation and hygiene practices, the existing project has enabled vulnerable communities combat the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. While encouraging results have been achieved so far, more work is needed to address remaining challenges and ensure sustainable universal coverage by 2030,” said Yitbarek Tessema, Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist at the World Bank.
The project will also improve coordination between key agencies and strengthen the capacity and performance of the #Ghana Water #Company Limited (GWCL) and Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies by reducing Non-Revenue Water, improving wastewater management, addressing issues of pollution, climate-change and translating #development #plans into focused actions. The Government of Ghana will replicate the successful GAMA SWP approaches in Kumasi, and further expand services to targeted beneficiaries. Overall, some of the key results include providing 250,000 people with household toilets; 200,000 #people with #institutional sanitation facilities; and 500,000 people with improved #water services.
* The World Bank’s International Development Association (#IDA), established in 1960, helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives. IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 76 poorest countries, 39 of which are in #Africa. Resources from IDA bring positive change to the 1.6 billion people who live in IDA countries. Since 1960, IDA has supported development work in 113 countries. Annual commitments have averaged about $21 billion over the last three years, with about 61 percent going to Africa.
Project Information Document-Integrated Safeguards Data Sheet - Additional Financing-Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project - P171620
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