Successful implementation of the Ghana Netherlands WASH Programme phase I
We are pleased to announce that phase I of the Ghana Netherlands WASH Programme (GNWP) has been successfully closed. Its implementation was celebrated during a well-attended closing conference and cocktail party held on the 26th of June in Accra. During the conference, we looked back at the results achieved in GNWP phase I (January 2014 – June 2015) in an interactive and engaging way.
GNWP is a collaboration between the Government of Ghana and the Government of the Netherlands with a total budget of about €200 million up to 2020. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs appointed Berenschot, together with the engineering firm Witteveen+Bos and the NGO Simavi, to manage the first phase of the programme. GNWP aims to improve sustainable access to urban water, sanitation and hygiene services in five municipalities, with a focus on poor and vulnerable groups such as school populations. The programme consists of infrastructure development, behavioural change, capacity building and financing interventions.
In close interaction with local and national government authorities and private parties, Berenschot developed five WASH Master Plans and prepared public / private investments to the tune of €175 million. Tasks included: a) liaison with municipalities, line ministries, donors, and private sector actors; b) facilitation of strategic planning sessions and decision-making; c) developing viable business concepts for urban water and waste management; d) preparing tendering and e) developing technical assistance/management development.
The attached video gives a good impression of the deliverables of GNWP phase I and shows a few of the stakeholders that contributed to its success. Please visit the website www.gnwp.nl for further information about the programme and the results achieved.