Cities Alliance deepens ties with assemblies

Hajia Alima Mahama, Local Government and Rural Development Minister

Hajia Alima Mahama, Local Government and Rural Development Minister

Cities Alliance, an International nongovernmental organisation (NGO) based in Brussels is in the country to partner cities and support them to deliver sustainable development to improve lives of urban dwellers through integrated and innovative solutions to end poverty.

The initiative is being piloted in two assemblies in the Central Region, namely Cape Coast metropolis and Agona West municipality to be replicated across the country to significantly improve the economy.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with Cities Alliance and Assemblies as implementing partners, it identified city level actions using local budget and available policy instruments of equitable economic growth to serve as new policy options.

A day’s stakeholder’s forum on sanitation, waste management and tourism development was held in Cape Coast to solicit and collate views for effective implementation.

The Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly in collaboration with Cities Alliance have initiated moves to find lasting solutions to the debilitating menace of sanitation, waste management and tourism development to alleviate poverty using new policy options.

Reverend Professor Yaa Adobea Owusu at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana, observed that the workshop was to build on an earlier one held last year to prepare a Local Assessment Report (LAR) and to establish City Level Partnership (CLP) through the existing local multi-stakeholder forum.

She explained that in 2017, the Cities Alliance in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development prepared the Institutional Enabling Environment Report (IEER) for Agona West and Cape Coast through stakeholder workshops in the two cities.

“It solicited different views of stakeholders, including representatives from the local authority, informal and formal sectors, community organisations and academia.

“The forum also identified various action points for improving solid waste management and public health hygiene to help develop strategies for disseminating the project findings, the collaboration will create employment, increase revenue base of assemblies, and rid cities of filth to attract tourist across the world,” Rev Prof Owusu stressed.

Sampson Kwarteng, Coordinating Director of the Cape Coast Municipal Assembly, called for the collective effort of all stakeholders to make the metropolis the cleanest and preferred tourism destination in the country. -GNA

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