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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Basic water access to the last-mile in Ghana

Saha Global (
Non-governmental organization (NGO)

    Saha Global is a Ghana-based non-profit that ensures access to safe and affordable drinking water for rural communities. We partner with women living in last-mile villages and train them to launch and run community water treatment plants. Saha's Service Delivery team then provides long-term support in the form of water quality testing and technical repairs and maintenance.

    Expected Impact

    By 2027 Saha will support the Government of Ghana's goal to ensure that every Ghanaian has access to potable water by scaling our impact to provide affordable access clean water to 258,000 people in 838 of the hardest to reach communities in northern Ghana with the greatest need for improvement while also advancing women’s economic empowerment. Furthermore, Saha will have reduced the cost/L of water delivered by 90% compared to 2022 while delivering 20x more clean water and increasing entrepreneur income by 57%.

    Additional information

    Saha's Global's 5-year strategic plan:

    Goal 6

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Goal 6


    By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all


    Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services


    By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations


    Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water


    By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally


    Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated


    Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality


    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

    Change in water-use efficiency over time


    Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources


    By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate


    Degree of integrated water resources management 


    Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation


    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

    Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time


    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

    Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan


    Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management


    Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

    Name Description

    Basic Water Access to 258,000 people (lowest income quintile, rural villages)

    Financing (in USD)
    Water subsidy to make water affordable to the lowest income, rural populations in Ghana
    Staff / Technical expertise
    Saha's 60-person team in Ghana trained and experts in our community-based, water treatment model
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    Action Network
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    01 January 2023 (start date)
    31 December 2023 (date of completion)
    Saha Global
    1. Africa
    Other beneficiaries

    People in the lowest income quintile living in rural villages in Ghana

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    Contact Information

    Kate, Executive Director