The Asunafo South District Assembly in its quest to achieving a universal Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) coverage by 2030 in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 6, entered a competitive tendering with four other districts in the Ahafo Region for an inclusion in the expansion of the ANAM initiative. The ANAM initiative, sponsored by IRC, a donor partner, is a comprehensive program on water, sanitation and hygiene rolled out in the Asutifi North District in 2019 with the goal of achieving a universal WASH coverage by 2030 in a conducive environment where water resources are sustainably managed. The successes chalked by the initial beneficiary district made a case for an expansion of the initiative to three more MDAs in the Ahafo region which resulted in the selection of Asunafo South District as one of the new beneficiary districts.
On Wednesday the 3rd of August, 2022, the Asunafo South District Assembly held an inception workshop with relevant stakeholders and IRC Ghana at the district assembly conference hall. The workshop was to introduce the scope of the initiative to stakeholders and also present the current state of WASH in the district.
Stakeholders that graced the occasion include the DCE and Presiding Member, chiefs from the two traditional paramountcy, Civil Society Organizations, the private sector, representatives of the three water boards in the district, district water mechanics, heads of departments, representatives of the two second cycle institutions and the Nurses’ Training College in Kwapong, media, market leaders, leaders of the two major political parties, Area Council chairpersons, subcommittee conveners and core staff of the district assembly.

The Ghana Productive Safety Net Project (GPSNP) is a successor to the Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP) which was implemented between 2010 and 2018. GSOP aimed to improve targeting of social protection programmes and providing income support to poor households through Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) grants and Labour-Intensive Public Works (LIPW) infrastructure in targeted Districts. GPSNP aims to further improve the effectiveness of the two programmes (LEAP and LIPW) and to complement these with concerted efforts to build linkages to productive support for extremely poor households.
The first phase of GPSNP which commenced in 2019 is to end in December 2022 giving room to the commencement of the second phase dubbed GPSNP 2. The Asunafo South District after thorough nationwide assessment has been selected as part of new beneficiary districts to benefit from the phase 2 of the project.
On Friday the 22nd July, 2022, a team from the GPSNP project offices in Kumasi and Accra met with key actors of the district at the district conference hall to brief the actors on the project’s objectives and interact with them.
The key actors who represented the district include the DCE, Presiding Member, District Coordinating Director, members of the District Planning Coordinating Unit, and core staff of the District Assembly.