Water & Sanitation

The Water & Sanitation


Our project empowering rural communities to demand water and sanitation services from their District Assemblies has recently closed. We have a final project report with an overview of what we did and the results we achieved here.

We’ve got an update on our EU-funded WATSAN project to tell you about what we’ve been doing to support communities’ demands for accountability, and what they’ve been doing to get water and sanitation services into their communities

FoE-Ghana has been in the news with our water and sanitation project following a workshop bringing together communities, chiefs and assembly members to empower communities to demand their rights to services. Read the press release here

As part of the water and sanitation project (see below), we have met with many deprived rural communities where we listened to their struggles of access to water and sanitation. Their stories are both disturbing and sad. Read more about them here

Funded by the EU, this project is empowering civil society, community based organisations (CBOs) and communities to demand accountability from their local government – the District Assemblies (DAs) – for meeting communities’ rights to basic services. The majority of marginalised rural communities in Ghana still have no access to clean potable water, and even less access to sanitation facilities

People are often forced to use dirty water for cooking and drinking, causing health problems especially among little children. In Ghana it is the gendered role of women and girls to provide water for their families, and they often have to walk miles just to fetch a bowl of water, which reduces the time they have for earning an income or attending school. The DAs have funding for providing basic services such as water, sanitation, health and education. But corruption and financial mismanagement means communities may wait forever to be provided with these services


To address these worrying trends, this project is building the capacity of communities and community groups to demand that their DAs provide them with basic services, mainly health,
water and sanitation. Contrasting with some of our other projects that provide basic services directly to beneficiary communities, this EU fund has taken a rights based approach that recognizes all people have rights to water, sanitation, health, education and other basic services, and that the DAs have a moral responsibility to be accountable to their communities and fulfil those rights.

The project is partnering with around 200 communities and their civil society groups in 5 Districts of the Volta Region and 5 in the Northern Region. There are three objectives, each with related activities and expected achievements.

Our Objectives

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