What is GAMA Sanitation and Water Project for Ghana?

The GAMA Sanitation and Water Project for Ghana is World Bank grant of US$150 million to support the Government of Ghana’s efforts to increase access to improved sanitation and improved water supply in the GAMA, with emphasis on low-income communities and to strengthen management of environmental sanitation in the GAMA.

The project has four components. The first component is the provision of environmental sanitation and water supply services to priority low-income areas of the GAMA. The second component is improvement and expansion of the water distribution network in the GAMA. The third component is planning, improvement, and expansion of GAMA-wide environmental sanitation services and the fourth component is the institutional strengthening of municipal, metropolitan and national institutions.

Main Objectives

The Provision of Environmental Sanitation and Water Supply Services to priority low-income areas of the GAMA

The objective of this component is to increase the access to environmental sanitation and water supply services in low-income areas of the GAMA with a strong focus on liquid sanitation. This component also includes the development and implementation of a hygiene and sanitation behavior change campaign targeted at low-income households, and a major learning and dissemination effort aimed at informing a large-scale institutionalized approach to upgrading sanitation in low-income communities.

Improvement and Expansion of the Water Distribution Network in the GAMA

The objective of this component is to improve and expand the water distribution network in order to provide piped water to the targeted people living in low-income communities in the GAMA. This component will also support the acquisition and installation of water meters and other equipment, as well as the provision of services, aimed at improving water demand management and reducing nonrevenue water.

Planning, Improvement, and Expansion of GAMA-wide Environmental Sanitation Services

The third component is planning, improvement, and expansion of GAMA-wide environmental sanitation services. The objective of this component is to develop integrated GAMA-wide plans for liquid and solid waste management and drainage and to finance critical elements to improve the collection, treatment, and disposal of wastewater and septic sludge. Under this component, the project will work closely with the International Finance Corporation

Institutional Strengthening of Municipal, Metropolitan, and National Institutions.

This component is to strengthen institutions of the GAMA, especially the waste management departments, to be accountable and responsible. It involves capacity building of staff members of the various institutions, stakeholders’ training, reviewing of by-laws of the MMAs and other activities