Cities Alliance helping Ghana reduce urban poverty

The Cities Alliance has initiated a programme to support Ghana’s efforts to reduce urban poverty and improve the quality and impact of its urban development efforts. Cities Alliance support will be provided through a number of members working collaboratively, including the World Bank, GTZ, AFD, UN-HABITAT, and SDI.

The Cities Alliance has initiated a programme to support Ghana’s efforts to reduce urban poverty and improve the quality and impact of its urban development efforts.

Cities Alliance support will be provided through a number of members working collaboratively, including the World Bank, GTZ, AFD, UN-HABITAT, and SDI.
 
In addition, a number of local partners will be involved, including the Cooperative Housing Foundation (CHF), Institute for Local Government Studies (ILGS) as well as Universities of Kumasi (KNUST) and Ghana.
 
According to Senior Urban Specialist Julian Baskin, the proposed modalities will help build national political commitment and create a stakeholders platform for local authorities and NGOs to scale up slum upgrading and city development strategies.
 
Speaking at a workshop on Land, Services and Citizenship for the Urban Poor Community held June 2010 in Accra, Baskin said the modalities will be used to distil and share knowledge on sound practices and experiences and to catalyse citywide and nationwide impacts. "The correct interface and balance between local reality and global knowledge is vital if slums are to be eradicated," he noted.
 
The workshop was organised by the Peoples Dialogue on Human Settlements, a community-based NGO. Those attending included traditional leaders, assembly members, local authority administrators, slum dwellers, and representatives from various NGOs.
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