WASH Budget

Ghana stood the risk of missing out on the Sustainable Development Goal –Six (SDG-6 ) targets due to low financing for the sector, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) cautioned here on Tuesday.

The 2019 budgetary allocation for Ghana’s Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) delivery fell far short of the annual requirements for the country to attain the SDGs-six by 2030, they added.

The government allocated 246 million Ghana cedis or 50 million US Dollars to the entire WASH sector in its 2019 budget.

According to the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High Level Meeting (HLM) assessments the West African country required an annual investment of at least 386 million dollars in the sector to meet the target by 2030, making the current allocations just 13 percent of the required investments.

“It stands to suggest that if the allocation currently made continues as a trend Ghana cannot meet the SDG –six targets,” Attah Arhin,Vice- Chairman for the CONIWAS, a coalition of CSOs in the WASH sector intimated at a press briefing.

The SDG target six seeks to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030 with Ghana needing at least 386 million dollars annual investment into the sector to realize this goal.

Furthermore, the country’s budgetary allocation has fluctuated over the past three years from 255 million cedis in 2017; 189 million cedis last year and 246 million cedis for this year.

In terms of percentages, while the allocation was 0.5 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2017. It fell to 0.3 percent of GDP last year and then further to 0.1 percent for this year.

“Our position is that government should reconsider the quantum of future allocations for the WASH sector and ensure they are made in relation to the SDG WASH financing requirements and also reflect the WASH challenges,” the CSOs urged.

They added that government also takes urgent steps to review upwards the allocations made for this year in order for the sector to meet its annual targets.

In a related development the Parliamentary Select Committee on Works and Housing with oversight responsibility for the WASH sector also reported low disbursements of the allocations made in the annual budgets for the sector.

Out of the total 183 million cedis allocation made for the sector last year only 82.9 million cedis or 45.1 percent was disbursed.

It was however observed that Development Partners had disbursed more than 70 percent of their total allocated support for the sector. Enditem

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