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Decentralizing governance in Accra

Accra, 1 September 2016 — “The city we need is collectively managed and democratically governed”. Accra, along with other cities in Ghana, is taking major steps towards the fourth principle of the New Urban Paradigm by working towards more effective and decentralized urban governance. Ghanaian cities are experimenting with a new form of city administration by strengthening the capacities of local governments. See more.

Accra’s marginalized integrate their community through art

Accra, 5 August 2016 — A low-income, Muslim neighbourhood in Accra has faced stigmatization that has even prevented community members from getting jobs. An organization, Nima Muhinmanchi Art, has been using art – painting, photography, and writing – to create a more cohesive and understanding community. See more.

Unionizing informal workers in Ghana

Accra, 15 July 2016 — The informal sector plays a crucial role in sustaining Accra’s economy. However, informal workers have low wages and are very dependent on their employers. Ghana has a relatively well-developed union landscape. Informal workers have been organizing in Informal Workers Associations for the last few decades in order to create a lasting and sustainable path towards improving their working conditions and quality of life. See more.

On Closing the Inequality Gap in Accra: With urban planner Victoria Okoye

Accra, 22 June 2016 — URB.im speaks with Victoria Okoye, an urban planner and urban development researcher based in Accra on tackling inequalities in the city. See more.

Accra Community Manager | URB.im

URB.im, the global community working for just and inclusive cities, propagates innovation and connects all members of the ecosystem working on urban poverty alleviation in the Global South. A project of Dallant Networks sponsored by the Ford Foundation, this new online network establishes an international community of practice and learning, sharing ideas and experiences to innovate, replicate, and scale working solutions to the problem of urban poverty in the Global South.

It is currently focused on twenty-four cities: Accra, Bangalore, Bogotá, Cairo, Cali, Cape Town, Caracas, Chittagong, Curitiba, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, Dhaka, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Lagos, Lilongwe, Mexico City, Mumbai, Nairobi, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Surabaya, and Tehran.

We are looking for a Community Manager and Content Coordinator for the city of Accra who will:

  • Write one monthly 550-word article on a pre-determined issue about urban poverty alleviation solutions taking place in Accra
  • Help spread the word about URB.im through marketing outreach to members of the community of practitioners and program leaders working in urban poverty alleviation in Accra
  • Be an active participant in the overall URB.im network and initiate online discussions happening on the URB.im platform

This position offers visibility on a global platform with an outstanding reputation, and is ideal for urban-planning students and graduates, journalists and social activists working in urban poverty alleviation. To apply, please email your detailed information, explaining your interest, qualifications, and why you think you would be successful in this position.

 

Recycling plastic to solve perennial flooding

Accra, 23 December 2015 — Accra has been bearing the brunt of climate change through periodic flooding. This is because of the improper disposal of plastic waste on the streets, which tends to choke drainage systems, impeding the flow of torrential rains and causing flooding. The Accra Composite and Recycling Plant (ACARP) has been collecting and recycling these plastic materials into products that are being used locally and globally. See more.

Water is life: Peri-urban water supply in Accra

Accra, 23 November 2015 — While access to water within the Accra Metropolis is over 60 percent, this figure tends to obscure inequality in water supply and access, which mostly affects poor urban communities within the main heart of Accra, as well as newly developed peri-urban areas of the city. This bottleneck in water delivery has given rise to alternative modes of water supply for residents, mostly through private vendors. Private water supply vendors, namely tanker suppliers, water sachet producers, and small-scale water producers, are now the bulk of water delivery system to peri-urban communities within Accra and poor areas. See more.

Assessing malaria control programs in Accra

Accra, 22 October 2015 — With this month's forum aimed at assessing impact, this article focuses on an urban malaria control program in Accra. The Ghana Health Services gathers periodic data on malaria cases reported at various hospitals in the country. Malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Ghana, accounting for about a third of outpatient cases noted each year. Most studies on malaria prevalence rates have been focused on rural areas, where the prevalence rate of the disease is perceived to be higher than urban areas. See more.

Ensuring inclusive growth through local dialogue in Accra

Accra, 24 September 2015 — Ghana was selected for an inclusive dialogue on what should be the core mandate of the post-2015 agenda. This led to stakeholder meetings between various participants, particularly the poor and the vulnerable, who laid out their grievance during the country consultation. See more.

Our community, our city, our say — participatory urban governance in Accra

Accra, 27 May 2015 — Participation is a panacea to inclusive governance and development. Nonetheless, the forgotten voice of the urban poor in Accra is a recipe for seclusion. Reviving the spirits of an all-inclusive and participatory urban governance dream, Global Communities' IncluCity, WASH-UP, and SCALE-UP projects have brought not only hope to Accra's urban poor but have also rekindled the essence of a grapevine participation. See more.