Berenschot International prepares large investment in water management and sanitation in Ghana
Berenschot International, together with Witteveen & Bos and SIMAVI, has been granted a management consultancy contract of more than € 5 million. The Dutch Embassy in Accra, Ghana, has contracted the consortium to prepare an (infrastructural) investment program of € 175 million in five urban municipalities in the southern part of Ghana. Our proposal stood out by being ‘comprehensive, well-balanced, creative and enthusing’.
The Ghana Netherlands Water and Sanitation Program (GNWP) will improve the access to, and use of, drinking water and sanitation facilities. In this context, Berenschot will organize a planning process at municipal level in which all relevant stakeholders will participate. We will coordinate the elaboration of master plans for management and development of water and sanitation-related infrastructure in the five municipalities – think of sewage systems, public washrooms, waste management facilities etc.
Engineering firm Witteveen & Bos is in the lead for technical feasibility studies and the design of selected infrastructural projects. On the basis of the specifications of the projects, Berenschot will structure project finance, combining public funding with private financing. Berenschot will also elaborate tender documents for public procurement of the construction of the infrastructure. Finally, Berenschot will play an important role in capacity strengthening of the involved organizations in Ghana, thus creating conditions for professional implementation and maintenance of the projects after procurement.
Awareness raising and behavioral change campaigns amongst end users will be organized by SIMAVI, an international NGO specialized in water and sanitation, with Berenschot in a supporting role.