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The sanitation challenge for Ghana: Making urban sanitation a political priority – Summary

This summary describes what I2I learned about the value of using prizes to influence the policy environment for liquid waste management (LWM) in urban settings. 

The Sanitation Challenge for Ghana (SC4G) aimed to stimulate local government to develop and implement innovative approaches to urban sanitation, thus delivering tangible improvements across the urban areas served. SC4G was a partnership between the Government of Ghana and Ideas to Impact (I2I), a Department for International Development (DFID)-funded programme that is testing the value of using innovation inducement prizes to achieve international development outcomes.

An innovation inducement prize offers a reward to one or more solvers who first or most effectively solves or meets a predefined challenge and is awarded based on predefined criteria, unlike recognition prizes, which reward past achievement.

As the programme’s evaluators, Itad is supporting I2I to understand if such prizes work as intended in development, and when and where they could be useful as a funding mechanism for international development, compared to other forms of funding, such as grants.