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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), have established a Joint Programme entitled "Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Disaster Prone Communities in Northern Ghana (WASH),” using a pass-through modality.

This project is pursuant to the need to include water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) as an urgent and complementary need in UN’s overall support to disaster prone communities in the three northern regions of Ghana. It also contributes to the need for coherent vision and collective programming that the UN system seeks to achieve, in delivering as one, in support of key priorities of the Government’s development agenda.

Lack of WASH facilities presents immense challenges to such communities, including the prevalence of water borne, vector borne and sanitation related diseases. This affects the health, productivity and livelihood of such communities, particularly women, children and the youth. Thus initiatives that aim to address and improve the WASH situation for people in disaster prone communities contribute significantly to address most MDGs.

The Government of Ghana has progressed in the development of the water and sanitation sector. This progress is adequately captured in key national and sector policies such as the GSGDA for 2011-2013 (to which the Ghana UNDAF is aligned), as well as Water policy, Environmental Sanitation policy and related strategy and implementation plans such as the National Environmental Sanitation Strategy and Action Plan (NESSAP), and the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Strategic Plan. An overall Sector Strategic Development Plan (SSDP) for WASH is under development to be the hub for implementing the Sector Wide Approach (SWAp) for WASH.

Within the above context, the overall objective of the project is to improve health and livelihoods in select disaster prone communities and schools by increasing access to good drinking water and proper sanitation facilities on a sustainable basis. Specifically the project will assess, identify and implement resilient WASH facilities and services for communities within the geographic scope of the project in the 3 Northern Regions, viz., Northern, Upper East and Upper West. The provision of services will target about 200,000 people in the 265 communities including about 50,000 school children in these communities.


Assistance Strategy

The provision of services will be accompanied with the promotion of measures to ensure resilience of the facilities to climate related disasters, as well as measures to promote behavior change towards proper water, sanitation and hygiene practices. The capacities of relevant WASH National institutions and community structures will be strengthened to create an environment for better planning, delivery and sustainability of WASH services, and assure the full benefit to the beneficiary communities of the interventions.

The project is conceived within the framework of the Joint UN programming approach. This approach is the collective effort through which the UN organizations and national partners work together to prepare, implement, monitor and evaluate the activities aimed at effectively and efficiently achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other international commitments. UN-Habitat, UNDP, UNICEF and WHO will be the UN Agency partners to collaborate with government institutions in the WASH sector as well as private sector and non-governmental organizations.



The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) will lead the coordination for the implementation of the Project in close collaboration with the Ministry of Water Resources Works and Housing (MWRWH) and the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) who will be involved with aspects of the project relevant to their mandates on WASH and the management of disasters and emergencies. The Joint UN team’s role will be to provide technical assistance, facilitation and funds management support.


Administrative Agent

The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) serves as the Administrative Agent (AA) of the Joint Programme. The AA is responsible for concluding Standard Administrative Arrangements (SAAs) with donors and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Participating UN Organisations.

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Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 17,295,437  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 29,598  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 0  
Total source of funds   17,325,035
Transferred to Participating Organizations 17,122,482  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -23,586  
Administrative Agent Fee 172,954  
Direct Cost 0  
Bank Charges 355  
Total use of funds   17,272,205
Balance with Administrative Agent   52,830
As a percentage of deposits   0.3%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 17,122,482  
Total resources   17,122,482
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 17,198,758  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -23,586  
Total expenses     17,222,344
Balance with Participating Organizations   -99,862
As a percentage of transfers   - 0.6%
Total Balance of Funds   -47,032
As a percentage of deposits   - 0.3%
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