dws-irc-sdg6-asutifi-kenya-women-770pxThe Ghana branch of IRC Wash has entered the 2019 SDG Action Awards with its WASH project in Asutifi North district. The project is seen as a first of a kind including a masterplan to provide WASH services to 10,000 inhabitants and achieve SDG6 on water by 2030. The masterplan has been established together with Asutifi North District authorities, national government, chiefs, market women, water service providers, private sector, local NGOs and sachet water producers.

The Asutifi project is one of the 2,000 entries for the 2019 SDG Action Awards. The winners will be announced at at the SDG Global Festival of Action in Bonn, Germany, in May.

dws-irc-ghana-asutifi-private-tap-350px  Gloria Badu collects payments at a private tap-stand in Wamahinso, Asutifi North.

Sense of ownership
According to IRC Ghana the development of such a vision and plan where the voices of traditional leaders and those of local governments are equally important, had never been done before.

As a result, the plan gained popular support and built a sense of ownership amongst local people.

Partners are now implementing the plan under government leadership and tracking its impact on the lives of people in the district.

Asutifi North District for SDG6 (Ahonidie Mpontuo) demonstrates how collaborative efforts, shared measurements, mutually reinforcing activities and continuous communication can advance a shared vision at the local level to achieve SDG6 on water.

dws-irc-ghana-asutifi-launch-350px Official launch of Asutifi North Ahonidie Mpontuo (ANAM) in March 2018.

The Asutifi project was submitted for the connector category. This category aims to recognise teams or projects that demonstrate innovative or impactful ways to engage multiple stakeholders or build networks to generate the transformational change needed to achieve the SDGs.

About SDG Action Awards
The SDG Action Awards is an initiative of the UN Secretary General. It recognises individuals, civil society organisations, subnational governments, foundations, networks, and private sector leaders, with the most innovative, impactful and transformative initiatives, that are building a global movement of action for the SDGs.

The closing date for entries has been postponed till 6 February.

Read the full entry on the website of SDG Action Awards.

(Photos: IRC WASH)

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Country director Vida Duti of IRC Ghana explains the importance of the Asutifi project for achieving SDG6 on water.