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Three companies win SDG Challenge Prize Grants

By Iddi
Yire, GNA

Accra, July 20, GNA – Saha Global, TREND and
CONIWAS, non-governmental organisations in the water sector, have each won the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Philanthropy Platform Challenge Prize
Grants in the three intervention pathways to address water challenges.

Mr Joseph Kofi Adda, the Minister of
Sanitation and Water Resources and Mr Dominic Sam, the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director, jointly presented the awards to
each of the three selected organisations: Saha Global $32,000, TREND $40,000
and CONIWAS $40,000.

Ms Morganne Hodsdon, Expansion Co-ordinator,
Sahal Global; Mr Eugene Larbi, Managing Director, TREND Group; and Mrs Victoria
Norgbey, CONIWAS – Executive Council Member received the awards on the behalf
of their organisations.

Saha Global won the category for the challenge
to find demand-driven business models for accountably-managed systems to
deliver affordable, safe water, effectively challenging community perceptions
of free water.

Saha Global seeks to expand getting the
cleanest water to the rural poor by utilising basic materials to treat
contaminated water.

Through this approach, Saha Global creates
‘waterpreneurs’ of vulnerable women in rural areas.

Under it local women are trained on how to run
the business, mentored over time, and closely monitor water quality and
consumption.

TREND won the category for a challenge to
create an adaptable participatory model to standardised water system quality
control in rural, peri-urban and small towns in Ghana.

This project seeks to promote the concept of
water Safety Plan (WSP) as a key strategy for improving water services delivery
in Ghana.

TREND would work closely with the Community
Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) to advocate integration of WSPs in sector
activities and develop replicate tools for capacity building within the Sector
and within Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to ensure uptake and
replicability of the WSP concept.

CONIWAS was declared winner of the challenge
to identify schemes to provide reliable safe water access to the most
vulnerable household in every community.

The project involves three important elements
in addressing challenges from systemic perspectives.

These include reviewing and aligning national
standards and guidelines within the SDGs in concert with the Ministry of
Sanitation and Water Resources, the CWSA, as well as relevant stakeholders.

It covers analysis of existing boreholes in
rural areas to determine which ones have sufficient yields to enable
mechanisation and piping to households and providing the basis for extending
pipe connections to rural households.

The SDG philanthropy Platform is a global
initiative that was launched in 2014 by philanthropy and the greater
international developments community led UNDP, Foundation Centre and
Rockefeller Advisors, with the objective of facilitating philanthropy’s
engagements and fostering dialogue between philanthropy and development
stakeholders to continue to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The platform is funded by Conrad n. Hilton
Foundation, Ford Foundation, Master Card Foundation, Branch Charitable
Foundation, and UN Foundation.

The Platform is being implemented in eight
countries: Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Columbia, Indonesia, Brazil, the United States
and India. China would launch later in the year.

Mr Sam said since the launch of the Platform
in Ghana in July 2015, and subsequent stakeholders consultation workshop in
December of the same year, the Platform had catalyse the engagement of
philanthropy in the context of national and sub-national development planning
as well as multi-stakeholder partnerships and accelerating specific catalytic
SDG collaborations.

He said the platform sought to promote how
philanthropy could better align with national development priorities, promoting
the enabling environment for local and global grant-making foundations to
effectively engage with government and relevant development actors.

He said the three organisations emerged
winners out of more than 20 applicants; and urged them to live up expectations.

Mr Adda commended the SDGs Philanthropy
Platform for their good works; and appealed to the award winners to use the
funds judiciously for the benefits of Ghanaians.

He appealed to Ghanaians to promote the
concept of philanthropy in the country; stating that government alone could not
address the challenges in the water and sanitation sectors.

He said government was committed to addressing
all challenges saddling the water and sanitation sectors of the economy.

GNA

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