The Sanitation Challenge for Ghana (SC4G) was a competition that ran in Ghana between 2015 and 2019 to encourage local governments – Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) – to make urban sanitation a priority. Specifically, it spurred MMDAs to develop and implement innovative liquid waste management strategies in poor areas.
The SC4G is one of a number of innovation prizes under the UK Aid-funded Ideas to Impact programme, which was established to test the value of using innovation prizes to achieve international development outcomes, often to encourage people to act differently over months or years.
The programme’s evaluators at Itad are supporting Ideas to Impact to understand if such prizes worked as intended, and when and where they could be useful as a funding mechanism for international development, compared to other forms of funding, such as grants.
The SC4G evaluation report explores what happened when Ideas to Impact tried using prizes in Ghana to improve sanitation to benefit especially the poor. A summary of the report is available here.
For a quick overview of the prize, its achievements and lessons learned, check out this brief.