The Jasikan District has been selected as the winner of the Duapa Award at a ceremony in Accra International Conference Centre in Ghana. The Atiwa and the Nanumba North districts took out second and third respectively. Out of 20 pre-selected Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), these three districts shared in a GBP75,000 prize pool for the best design of a sanitation strategy to help alleviate the problems associated with poor sanitation. The Hon. Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, presented the prizes to the winning MMDAs.
“This award is welcome news for us as a district. Joining the competition is an indication of our resolve to strategically deal with the sanitation menace. In fact, some amount of work has already been done to get 42% of the communities open defecation free. This actually spurred us on to be part of the competition and we have the commitment to implement our liquid waste strategy. We appreciate how far the competition has gone and we will use this challenge to solve our sanitation problems” the Hon. Killian .A. Kwame of the Jasikan District Assembly said upon receiving their prize.
The Sanitation Challenge for Ghana, divided into two stages, aims to stimulate competition among MMDAs and to encourage inclusive partnership for the design and implementation of liquid waste management strategies. The first stage, Duapa Award looked to “reward excellence in the design of liquid waste management strategy”.
Following zonal workshops for all the 139 prequalified MMDAs, 127 MMDAs responded positively to the call for action and registered for the competition. At the close of submissions on 30 April 2016, 48 MMDAs submitted their strategies for the Duapa Award.
In its citation, the Sanitation Challenge Panel of Judges noted that, “The Judges were very impressed with the quality of the submissions from the 48 MMDAs that took part in the Duapa award - which is part of the Sanitation Challenge for Ghana. After online judging rounds by over 50 local and international judges, 6 finalists presented to the live face-to-face judging panel yesterday. The excellent submissions from the top three awardees should be looked at by all MMDAs for their innovation strategies and strong political commitment.”
Vida Duti, the Ghana Director for IRC and Team Leader for the implementatin of the prize said, “We wish to congratulate all 48 MMDAs who partcipated in the competion; the 20 who made it to the recognition zone; and to the 3 top winners for the outstanding performance. The 2nd stage of the competition will focus on implementation of the selected liquid waste management strategies. We will continue to work hard together with Government to make Ghana a cleaner and safer place, and sanitation for all a reality”.
The three-and-a-half year Sanitation Challenge for Ghana was launched by the Government of Ghana on World Toilet Day, 19th November 2015 as a component of the Ideas to Impact Programme.
The second stage, the Dignified City Award was also launched on the night will look to reward successful implementation of these strategies by the shortlisted MMDAs.
For more information on the award, the strategies and the Dignified City Award check out the Sanitation for Ghana Challenge website or contact Abubakari Wumbei
Full list of winners and honorary prize recipients
- 1st prize (GBP 30,000) – Jasikan District
- 2nd prize (GBP 25,000) – Atiwa District
- 3rd prize (GBP 20,000) – Nanumba North District
The 17 remaining MMDAs received honorary prizes in the form of recognition plaques.
- Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem Municipal Assembly
- Accra Metropolitan Assembly
- Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly
- Kassena Nankana Municipal Assembly
- Savelugu-Nanton Municipal Assembly
- Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly
- Awutu Senya East Municpal Assembly
- Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly
- Ahanta West District Assembly
- Adansi South District Assembly
- Pru District Assembly
- Offinso North District Assembly
- La Nkwantanang Madina Municipal Assembly
- Mampong Municipal Assembly
- Prestea Huni-Valley District Assembly
- Ejisu Juaben Municipal Assembly
- Kwahu East District Assembly