SDG Ecosystem Site and Innovation Challenge Launched at a Workshop to Improve Water Access in Ghana

Mar 23, 2017

Participants at the SDG Philantropy Platform workshop

The SDG Philanthropy Platform held an interactive and collaborative workshop in Ghana, to enable leaders in the water sector to identify creative solutions for water challenges in the country, with a view to contributing to the attainment of SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation for all.

The workshop was attended by over 40 stakeholders including government, private sector, civil society and philanthropy.

Participants completed a systemic review of what is working - and what is not - in scaling up access to clean water across Ghana. The workshop also explored how clean water is related to the attainment of other SDGs. Participants set the framework to drive change, make a huge impact, and save precious resources through avoiding redundancies and known pitfalls.

“Doing business as usual will not be enough to achieve SDG 6 on water as well as other goals in Ghana”, said Dominic Sam, UNDP Country Director. “A balance of partnerships, integrated approach and innovation will be needed to arrive at high-impact solutions for the attainment of the global goals”. Design Thinking is a new approach that enables deeper collaboration and integrating of innovations for high-impact solutions.

An “Open Challenge Prize”, beginning April 2017, was launched at the event. The SDG Philanthropy Platform Ghana will invite local innovators to display their creative solutions for transformative change on the theme of clean water. Three or four winners will be awarded with a financial prize of 40,000 USD each to prototype their ideas.

Mr. Sam emphasized that partnerships are essential to achieve the SDGs and commended philanthropy’s leadership in collaborating on the goals. A new SDG Ecosystem micro-site www.sdgphilanthropy.org was also launched at the workshop, helping philanthropists and social investors engage in the country to help achieve SDGs.

The SDG Philanthropy Platform enables strong partnerships between philanthropic organizations, the United Nations and other development partners, governments, civil society, businesses, and social enterprises in achieving the SDGs. The Platform is a collaboration between philanthropy and the greater international development community, led by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and Foundation Center, and supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Ford Foundation, The MasterCard Foundation, Brach Family Charitable Foundation, and UN Foundation. The Platform has been launched in Kenya, Zambia, Ghana, Colombia, Indonesia, India and the United States.

Contact information

1. SDG Philanthropy Platform Global, Karolina Mzyk, Project Manager, Karolina.mzyk@undp.org

2. SDG Philanthropy Platform Ghana, Pearl Darko, National Coordinator, pearl.darko@one.un.org

3. SDG Philanthropy Platform Ghana, Isaac Debrah, Research Analyst, isaac.debrah@undp.org                              

More information is available on SDGfunders.org, a data and knowledge portal on philanthropic giving related to the SDGs.