CSI Partners Tain District to address open defecation challenges


Nsawkaw, Tain District, Ghana.

CSI CEO, Benson Adjei signs agreement

Centre for Social Innovations -CSI has entered into a partnership to develop sustainable solutions to the challenge of open defecation in the Tain District of the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana.

Through our Sustainable Community Development Program, CSI partners with other NGOs, District Assemblies and Donors to design and implement sustainable approaches to economic empowerment, improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), agribusiness through climate smart agriculture in local communities. Our approach employs design thinking and asset-based community development methods to create customized and user-centered solutions using local assets and resources.

Tain is one of the twenty two (22) administrative Districts of Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana with Nsawkaw as the District Capital. The District has a population of about 88,104. The 2016 District League Table, ranked Tain District 129 out of 216 Districts. This marks a significant improvement over the 2015 position of 149. Although this is an indication that some progress is being made in development across six (6) sectors (education, sanitation, rural water, health, security and governance), access to basic sanitation including toilet facilities is a major challenge in many communities and open defecation is a common practice in most communities.

High levels of Open Defecation and insanitary practices are major public health issues as they correlate with high incidence of diarrheal diseases for people of all ages, child mortality, malnutrition, worm infestation etc. The lack of safe and private toilets also have high correlation with gender violence as women and girls can only attend to nature’s call at night and this makes them vulnerable to sexual molestation and rape.

CSI Director for Partnerships signs agreement

The Project; Achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) Communities seeks to empower them from ODF Basic Communities after two months of start of project to  Sustainable Sanitized Communities within three years. The project will focus on creating sustainable solution to the issue of Open Defecation in at least 10 communities in the Tain District using the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), Design Thinking and Asset-based community development methods.

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