Mayor Sowah and Accra Metropolitan Assembly Convene Partners for Release of Preliminary Assessment of Resilience Challenges and Opportunities

Developed in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities with Contributions from more than 200 Community Members, Assessment Identifies Five Focus Areas for City’s Resilience Efforts

Accra, Ghana – Mayor Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Chief Resilience Officer Desmond Appiah, and 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) on Tuesday released a Preliminary Resilience Assessment of Accra at a convening of strategic partners.

The document is a robust analysis of Accra’s prioritized resilience challenges; which includes the priority shocks and stresses faced by the city, as well as identifying concrete areas for investment. A product of a multi-year process which engaged residents of Accra, the Preliminary Resilience Assessment (PRA) is a precursor to the city’s Resilience Strategy, to be released by the third quarter of this year.

Findings in the assessment reveal the high cost of living in Accra and  inefficient public transportation and mobility systems as top concerns among stakeholders, in addition to issues of waste management, sanitation, and flood mitigation. These ongoing stresses must be addressed alongside one-time shocks that threaten the city – such as fires and disease outbreak. The PRA clusters these challenges into five pillars and opportunities for discovery, through which Accra will focus its resilience efforts: strengthening urban mobility and transportation; improving the management of flooding, waste, and sanitation; citizen engagement toward greater accountability; supporting the informal sector; and creating an environmentally sustainable city.

“The path to a stronger Accra begins with a candid assessment of the challenges we face and the assets at hand for addressing them,” said Accra Mayor Mohammed Adjei Sowah. “Comprehensive resilience planning and building strong partnerships with collaborators and funders will move us closer to creating a smart, resilient, and sustainable city for all citizens of Accra.”

In a convening of development partners, Mayor Sowah presented the assessment along with examples of actionable initiatives which seek to address Accra’s risks and opportunities. Agence Française de Développement (AFD), International Finance Corporation (IFC), and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) were among the institutions present.

“By applying a resilience lens to the City of Accra, we start to see a range of opportunities rather than merely challenges,” said Desmond Appiah, Chief Resilience Officer. “By aligning community perceptions, city assets, and strategic partnerships, the Preliminary Resilience Assessment is an important step forward in our city’s resilience journey.”

The concepts presented in the PRA will undergo further exploration over the next months, resulting in an actionable set of visions, targets, and actions that addresses the city’s most pressing stresses and seeks to build capacity among residents and city systems alike to better withstand future shocks. The Resilience Strategy will be aligned with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s Medium Term Development Plan (2018-2022) to create a smart, resilient, and sustainable city.

“Accra’s rapid rate of urbanization opens up new opportunities for future development to happen in a resilient manner,” said Liz Agbor-Tabi, Associate Director at 100 Resilient Cities. “The City has demonstrated a new wave of leadership in its responses to informality, waste management, and a host of complex resilience challenges.”

The release of the Preliminary Resilience Assessment follows on the heels of the city’s successful Problem Framing Workshop, in which urban stakeholders were asked to rethink issues of waste management and produce innovative solutions. Outputs from that Workshop as well as today’s partner convening will serve to strengthen the forthcoming Resilient Accra strategy, to be released publicly later this year.

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About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation 

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a resilience strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.

Contact:

Head of Public Affairs A.M.A: Gilbert Nii Ankrah, (publicrelation@ama.gov.gh; gily9@hotmail.com ; +233 243 211 345)
100 Resilient Cities: Nicole Bohrer (nbohrer@100RC.org ; +1 646-612-7177)