Africa Water and Sanitation Local Authorities Network
  • Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for over a third of the world's 884 million people who still do not get their drinking water from improved sources.
  • Africa has 9% of global freshwater resources, but 15% of the global population.
  • 26% of Africa's population (244 million) has a piped water connection on their premises.
  • Almost 20% of Sub-Saharan Africa relies on a water source that is more than 30 minutes away from the household.

Innovative Solutions for access to sanitation in Ghana

Access to improved sanitation remains a global challenge, particularly in developing countries. In Kumasi, Ghana’s second city access to acceptable sanitation facilities is extremely low for the 2 million people who reside in the city. Those most severely affected are resident in low-income areas, which are often densely populated and unplanned settlements where an estimated 60% of the population makes daily use of public toilet blocks.
In response to the local sanitation challenges Clean Team Ghana partnered with Unilever, WSUP, and the Stone Family Foundation to develop a sanitation model for the low-income areas of Kumasi. The model focuses on providing in-home sanitation solutions to improve access to basic sanitation. Unilever and WSUP already had a significant presence in the region and the habit of paying for sanitation was long established in Ghana which provided an excellent basis for the initiative. Joined by design firm IDEO, the team travelled to Kumasi in November 2010 to gain a better understanding of the sanitation market and further develop the business model.
The clean team rents branded portable toilets to low-income households and provides a waste collection service 2-3 times per week. The waste is transported to a processing facility and then taken to the municipal treatment site. The services provided include reliable collections and low-odour toilets, delivered by enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff. The team aims to grow the business model in the future to provide opportunities to convert the waste into energy and organic fertiliser to sell to commercial farms in the region providing valuable economic returns.
To date, the Clean Team has installed toilets in 20 communities, created 39 jobs, installed 664 toilets with over 4500 users who are content with the service and the project model.