The Innovation Prize is GHS 50,000 in cash prizes that are awarded to the 10 best impact pitches that are presented at the 2015 Cleanacwa Innovation in Sanitation Prize event. All event registrants – students, professionals, and non-profit and for-profit organizations -- are eligible to apply for the Innovation Prize.
According to WHO/UNICEF 2012 joint report, about forty (40%) percent of the world’s population practice open defecation or lack of access to improved sanitation facilities, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 700,000 children annually. The sanitation on Millennium Development Goal (MDG7) target is among most off-track MDGs; it is expected that half a billion people will miss the MDG sanitation target. Financing for sanitation is low in comparison to water and abysmal in comparison to other development sectors such as health and education. The World Bank AICD (2010) surveyed 18 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and found that in most cases investment in sanitation was less than 0.1% of GDP. Lack of sanitation also adversely affects countries’ economies. The impact of inadequate sanitation alone costs 18 African countries around $5.5 billion each year. Many global and national health policies and strategies include sanitation yet fail to prioritize or fund it, or neglect to engage stakeholders across government ministries or donor partners to ensure sufficient political will and expertise are brought to bear.
Despite Ghana’s status as a top-five economic performer in Africa, a majority of its citizens lacks access to basic services, including a mere 14% who have access to improve sanitation. It is estimated that 33% of Ghana’s rural population still practices open defecation. Ghana is predicted to reach only 15% of access to sanitation by 2015, far below its MDG target of 54%.
Cleanacwa and partners will select ten (10) finalists to pitch their innovative ideas at the Innovation Prize event on World Toilet Day on Thursday November 19, 2015. The best ideas will also be piloted in selected communities in Ghana and the results / outcomes shared among the WASH sector players, donors, academic researchers and government. The Innovation Prize in Sanitation intends to challenge all stakeholders especially the youth to come up with innovative ideas and strategies that could solve the urgent sanitation challenges within the next 10 years. Cleanacwa strongly believes that bringing simple, affordable technologies, sustainable financing options and well-coordinated programs among sector players will go a long to achieving the vision of universal access to clean water and sanitation to all people.
Click HERE for details on how to apply and prize rules.