Project profile — Enhanced Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Services in Schools and Communities in Ghana


UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund (41122)
2012-03-29 - 2019-03-21
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Ghana (100.00%)


• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health: Reproductive health care (13020) (10.00%)
• Basic drinking water supply:
Basic drinking water supply (14031) (30.00%)
Basic sanitation (14032) (40.00%)
Education and training in water supply and sanitation (14081) (20.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disability (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project contributes to improving the health and well-being of children, women, and men in the five most deprived regions of Ghana. The project’s beneficiaries are children and youth in 200 basic schools (primary and junior high) and women and men in the surrounding communities in ten districts. By providing water, basic sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services, the project aims to increase the use of WASH services and improve sanitation practices among beneficiaries. The project also aims to strengthen relevant national institutions and monitoring and evaluation systems to enable better planning, delivery, and sustainability of decentralised water, sanitation and hygiene services in Ghana.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: 1) increased use by women, men, boys and girls of water, sanitation and hygiene services, and related behaviours and practices, in schools and communities in the five most deprived regions of Ghana; and 2) strengthened gender-responsive water, sanitation and hygiene institutions and systems for coordinated, effective and accountable management of sustainable decentralized service delivery in schools and communities in Ghana.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (December 2018) include: (1) 72,344 children (of which 35,055 were girls) from 244 schools gained access to improved school drinking water; (2) 71,355 children (of which 34,472 were girls) from 236 schools have gained access to gender-sensitive toilet facilities in schools; (3) 20 health facilities were provided with water and handwashing facilities; (4) 30 health facilities were provided with 44 improved sanitation facilities (for women and men); (5) 39,391 girls have been trained on menstrual hygiene management; (6) gender-based water, sanitation and hygiene planning and monitoring activities were completed; and (7) 281,433 persons have gained access to improved sanitation in their households with an estimated 205,168 people now living in 767 open defecation-free communities.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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