Our client

The Ghana WASH Window, an initiative of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the field of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Under the WASH window, the Dutch government invests in innovative solutions and business models among government bodies, industry, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and knowledge institutes that focus on solving water, sanitation and waste-related hygiene problems.

The challenge

Ghana suffers from a serious shortage of decent sanitation facilities, causing many people to practice open defecation. Due to the lack of functioning treatment facilities waste is dumped illegally into the ocean, polluting water resources and creating health risks.

Our solution

The Special Treat project is implemented by MDF Training & Consultancy in a consortium with private and public parties from the Netherlands and Ghana, to identify innovative and financially viable solutions to sustainably improve the livelihoods and well-being of the Ghanaian population. The consortium consists of eight partners; Gieling Consultancy BV, JSO Company Ltd, The Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS), the Municipal Assemblies of Nsawam-Adoagyiri, Ga Central and Ga West, MDF West Africa Ltd and MDF Training & Consultancy. The project started in June 2015, and is being implemented in phases. The consortium will work together to build, operate and maintain six public sanitation blocks, a transfer station and one wastewater treatment plant. The intention is for the treatment plant, public toilet blocks and the business line producing compost, biogas and clean water for fish production to be financially self-sustainable within five years.

MDF has three key roles in the project: 

  1. Project management and, as lead applicant, responsible for received subsidies
  2. Capacity strengthening of all participating stakeholders
  3. Shareholder in the consortium and as such co-responsible for on-time delivery of services and products.


The aim of The Special Treat project is, by 2020, to have sustainably improved the living conditions of the 300,000 target beneficiaries through improvements in sanitation, wastewater treatment and nutrient recycling.

More specifically:

  • Good sanitation and hygiene will decrease vulnerability to water-related diseases;
  • The outflow of untreated faecal sludge into the environment will stop, reducing pollution in the Densu River and the Weija Dam;
  • Agriculture on the river and lake banks will benefit from clean water, increasing the quantity and quality of food production;
  • The project will contribute to a feasible termination of the illegal dumping of faecal sludge into the ocean at Lavender Hill.


Continue reading on the website that was made for this project: www.greenenergyghana.com

"The Netherlands Embassy is convinced that the innovative approach of The Special Treat project will provide sustainable and financially viable solutions to waste problems."

Fred Smiet, EKN

Contact information

  • Expertise
    • Enterprising Partner
    • Organisation and People Management
    • Programme and Project Management

    Herman Snelder

    Shareholder and Consultant

  • Expertise
    • Advocacy and Policy Influencing
    • Enterprising Partner
    • Resource Mobilisation

    Richard Yeboah

    Director Ghana office

For general information:

our office in Ghana

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