Accra, Ghana, July 24, 2019.

The winners of the Dignified City Award, the last stage of the UK Aid-funded Sanitation Challenge for Ghana Prize, were announced and presented on Wednesday 24 July 2019 at a grand award ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Accra, Ghana.

Winners of the Sanitation Challenge for Ghana Contest at the Grand Dignified City award ceremony on 24 July 2019 in Accra, Ghana

Nine Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) were awarded a total prize purse of £1,285,000 for excellence in the implementation of urban liquid waste management strategies and for exploring inclusive partnership to influence innovations, expertise and investments in the target localities. The end goal being to bring transformational changes to city-wide sanitation service delivery.

At the end of the stage 2 process on the 27th of March 2019, 15 of the 17 MMDAs successfully submitted their final implementation reports. These were screened and passed to an independent verification agent to verify the reports and subsequently to a panel of international and local judges for online and live judging to determine the deserving winners.

“Achievement of the Clean Ghana Agenda requires a rigorous multi-faceted approach which employs innovative approaches and initiatives.

The Sanitation Challenge program was launched to motivate and trigger competition amongst the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to develop innovative sanitation initiatives.

The Ministry appreciates the passion with which the Assemblies responded with enthusiasm. This yielded innovative ideas and progress on this effort – I entreat all awardees to utilize this award especially the cash component wholly to improve sanitation in your respective Assemblies”

Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Ghana’s Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, event host

The winners are split across two categories: Metropolitan and Municipal Assembly (MMA) category and District Assembly (DA) category. The MMA category registered first, second and third prize winners and the DA registered first and second winners only. Four honorary prizes were also awarded, two in each category for initiatives that distinguished themselves for excellence across leadership, sustainability, technology, inclusion and governance.

The Dignified City Award Winners

Metropolitan and municipal category

Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly – 1st winner, £400,000 for its innovative partnership with the private sector, use of aquaculture, skilled and knowledgeable staff and strong support and leadership commitment from the Mayor. Overall, the Assembly showed an outstanding commitment to all parts of the sanitation value chain.

Effutu Municipal Assembly – 2nd winner, £225,000 for its innovative partnership with the private sector and the Government of Ghana’s institutions, including the local prison service who are using biogas. The Assembly stood out for its highly committed management team.

Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly – 3rd winner, £125,000 for its innovative public engagement and a high committed.

Osei Assibey Antwi, the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly and team displays awards

District Assembly Category

Nunumba North District Assembly – 1st winner, £285,000 for its bi-partisanship leadership commitment from both past and present chief executives, innovative private partnership, especially for sanitation for peace.

Kwahu East District Assembly – 2nd winner, £150,000 for its innovative commitment to the sanitation value chain. The Assembly demonstrated a strong leadership commitment from the chief and presiding member.

Hon. Abulai Yakubu, the Chief Executive of Nanumba North Municipal receiving award from Professor Gyan Baffour, Minister for Planning who in for the President of Ghana

Special Prizes (MMDAs)                                     

Kassena Nankana Municipal Assembly, MMA Special Prize, £25,000. Dedicated leadership commitment.

Savelugu Municipal Assembly – MMA Special Prize, £25,000. Great demonstration of disability inclusion.

Offinso North District Assembly – DA Special Prize, £25,000. Strong financial Commitment.

Prestea Huni Valley Municipal Assembly – DA Special Prize, £25,000. Strong community engagement.

Honorary prizes

Ahanta West Municipal Assembly, Jasikan District Assembly, Mampong Municipal Assembly, Atiwa East District Assembly, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, and Pru East District Assembly – Each received recognition plaques and certificate of appreciation for being finalists.

“Winning the ultimate prize of £400,000.00 for implementing innovative sanitation interventions has really humbled us and challenges us to sustain the efforts invested so far. Indeed, the competition has compelled us to think outside the box in designing and implementing sanitation interventions. Through the challenge, we’ve come to the realization that achieving SDG 6 calls for strong collaboration between the MMDAs, the Private Partners and the traditional and religious leaders in our communities. We’ve also come to realize that strong political leadership is required to bring the needed change in sanitation” said Osei Assibey Antwi, the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly – 1st winner for the Metro & Municipal Category.


About the Sanitation Challenge

The Sanitation Challenge for Ghana (SC4Gh) was launched in Ghana on 19th November 2015 as a component of the Ideas to Impact Global Initiative to stimulate competition among Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and to encourage inclusive partnership for the design and implementation of liquid waste management (LWM) strategies. It aims at bringing transformational changes to city-wide sanitation service delivery.

The SC4Gh Prize for MMDAs was in two stages – the design of MMDA liquid waste management strategies constituted the first stage and the second stage (dignified city award), the implementation of the strategies.

Following several support interventions, over 127 MMDAs responded positively to the call for action and registered their intentions to participate in the competition. At the end of stage 1 process on 30 April 2016, 48 MMDAs successfully submitted their strategies for adjudication. Twenty One of the 48 MMDAs excelled and were duly recognized with honorary prizes with 3 winning a total of 75,000 GBP monetary awards.

All 21 MMDA were invited to express interest to participate in the implementation of their winning strategies; and 17 of the 21 MMDAs met the minimum condition and were considered for stage 2.  At the end of the stage 2 process on the 27th of March 2019, 15 of the 17 MMDAs successfully submitted their final implementation reports for end line verification and judging.

The final award event brought together Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, competing MMDAs, private sector partners and non-state actors, development partners, traditional leaders, sector practitioners, the media and members of parliament to:

Nine Local Assemblies awarded cash prizes for excellence in urban liquid waste management in Ghana

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