In spite of the Government’s pledge to commit 0.5% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to sanitation, the 2011 budget made provision for 0.1%, said Executive Secretary of the Coalition of NGOs in water and sanitation (CONIWAS), Mr Benjamin Arthur. Ghana is one of the signatories of the 2008 eThekwini Declaration in which 17 African governments pledged to allocate a minimum of 0.5% of GDP for sanitation and hygiene.
Arthur said despite the government’s 2010 promise to commit 200 million dollars every year towards water and sanitation activities beginning in 2011, this year’s budget did not reflect that commitment.
To mark World Water Day 2011, WSUP (Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor) has released a Call to Action urging governments, funding institutions and other decision-makers worldwide to invest now in urban sanitation.
Sanitation-related diseases are having a profound negative impact on the health and wellbeing of millions of children in cities throughout Africa and South Asia. Investing in sanitation is one of the most cost-effective means of improving child health. We need a global programme to support investment in urban sanitation, and we need it now.
WSUP is a tri-sector partnership between the private sector, civil society and academia focused on addressing the increasing global problem of inadequate access to water and sanitation for the urban poor and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets, particularly those relating to water and sanitation. www.wsup.com