Source: A.M.A PR UNIT  |  Date Published: 21 Jul, 2016 09:21:12

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly has appointed Mr. James Ayando as the city’s first Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), a new position created to lead city-wide resilience building efforts to help Accra prepare to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of natural and man made stress and shocks, -that have increasingly become part of 21st Century life. As CRO, James Ayando will report directly to the Mayor, Hon Dr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, and oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive Resilience Strategy for the city. “Under James Ayando’s leadership, the city is poised to take the next step in its resilience planning efforts,” said Mayor Vanderpuije. “James provides a wealth of knowledge from the development sector and skills that will be able to drive Accra to become a better place. We are excited to continue our partnership with 100 Resilient Cities.” Appointing a CRO is an essential element of Accra’s resilience building partnership with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation. The 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) organization is part of a $164M commitment by The Rockefeller Foundation to build urban resilience in 100 cities around the world. Accra’s engagement with 100 Resilient Cities kicked off in April 2015 with a “Resilience Agenda-Setting Workshop,” and a grant from 100RC will pay for Ayando’s salary for at least two years. Speaking on his appointment, James Ayando, AMA’s new CRO remarked: “The city of Accra is home to all, and as a home, it must maintain a solid roof to shelter city inhabitants from the vagaries of the weather and other unforeseen perils. Just like a home, it requires that spirit of nurturing to empower its inhabitants to improve upon their lives. Like a home, it requires doors and windows to provide access to critical resources and productive exchanges. More like a home, it needs to foster the feeling of a home, a place where one is able to connect and share a sense of belonging.” – James Ayando - Chief Resilience Officer, AMA The CRO position is an innovative feature of 100RC’s resilience building program, specifically designed to break down existing barriers at the local level, account for pre-existing resilience plans, and create partnerships, alliances and financing mechanisms that will address the resilience vulnerabilities of all city residents, with a particular focus on low-income and vulnerable populations. “James Ayando joins a network of peers from cities across the globe that will share best practices and surface innovative thinking,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. “As CRO, James will become a global leader in resilience, and will be a tool both for Accra and other cities around the world.” Accra’s resilience efforts include a unique focus on social, economic, environmental, health and cultural resilience in a city affected by persistent rural-urban migration, along with a clear eye toward potential shocks the city may be exposed to. Increasing rural-urban migration to the city ofAccra has become a threat to the city’s overall resilience due to irregular settlement patterns and its effects. As CRO, James will be charged with fostering a citywide dialogue on the root causes of the myriad challenges plaguing the city and coordinating solutions to address these challenges. James will receive technical assistance 100RC; and utilize resilience building tools from private, public, academic, and NGO sector organizations that have partnered with 100RC. Accra’s Resilience Strategy will be a holistic, action-oriented blueprint to build partnerships and alliances, financing mechanisms, and will pay particular attention to meeting the needs of poor and vulnerable populations. ABOUT ACCRA CHIEF RESILIENCE OFFICER JAMES AYANDO James Ayando is a seasoned development practitioner with over 10 years of experience working in various capacities in the field of development. He has played various senior level roles including, Country Director, Project Manager, and Program Manager for various international NGOs in Ghana such as Canadian Feed The Children and Habitat for Humanity Ghana. James’ experience cuts across various sectors. Trained as a Civil Engineer and employed as Program Manager for Habitat for Humanity Ghana (HFH Ghana), he managed the HFH Ghana housing programs from 2008 to 2012 where he supported the organization to deliver affordable housing solutions to over 65 affiliates, comprising 135 communities across 9 regions in Ghana. He played a key role in the development of housing microfinance products and promoting housing microfinance products for Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Ghana. James can be credited for developing the concept of housing support services (HSS) in Ghana, which involves the delivery of construction technical advice to clients of MFIs who are involved in providing credit to their clients for the purpose of housing development. James also has experience working in the area of Climate Change Adaptation. Appointed as the Project Manager for the Climate Change Adaptation in Northern Ghana Enhanced (CHANGE) Project in 2013 funded by the Canadian Government (DFATD), he led a multi-sector team of consultants to develop tools and to implement climate change adaptation initiatives in 2 selected municipalities (Savelugu and Bolgatanga) in the Northern and Upper East Regions respectively and 1 selected district assembly (Sissala East District) in the Upper West Region. He was able to manage the team of consultants to deliver training to a wide audience on the use of the Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (CVCA) Tool. Key achievements under the CHANGE project managed by James, was the development of Community Adaptation Action Plans (CAPs) by 17 targeted communities located in the two municipalities and district assembly selected for the project. James holds an MBA from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST). James has a great deal of experience is in the areas of Project Management, Research & Development, Engineering/Built Environment, Training/Capacity Building, Proposal/Grant Development and Strategic Management. 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. 100RC currently has 67 member cities. For more information, visit: ‪‬

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