The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

iDE Canada - Embedding Gender, Environmental Sustainability and Government Inclusion Through Sanitation Marketing in Northern Ghana

Many Ghanaians are burdened by water, sanitation and hygiene related diseases due to little or no access to clean and safe toilet facilities. iDE Canada, Global Affairs Canada, MCIC and Canadian citizens are building markets for sanitation, clean water and hand hygiene. iDE Canada will design an affordable toilet and train local entrepreneurs so the toilets can be produced and sold locally.

By listening to local people, iDE designs toilets that are culturally appropriate, affordable and desirable. The MCIC component of this project focuses on embedding gender equality, environmental sustainability and government inclusion into the larger project.

Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people around the world, an alarming figure that is projected to increase with the rise of global temperatures as a result of climate change. Although 2.1 billion people have gained access to improved water sanitation since 1990, dwindling supplies of safe drinking water is a major problem impacting every continent.

In 2011, 41 countries experienced water stress – 10 of which are close to depleting their supply of renewable freshwater and must now rely on alternative sources. Increasing drought and desertification is already worsening these trends. By 2050, it is projected that at least one in four people will be affected by recurring water shortages.

Ensuring universal access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030 requires we invest in adequate infrastructure, provide sanitation facilities, and encourage hygiene at every level. Protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems such as forests, mountains, wetlands and rivers is essential if we are to mitigate water scarcity. More international cooperation is also needed to encourage water efficiency and support treatment technologies in developing countries.