The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has launched Accra’s first Resilience Strategy to strengthen the city's ability to survive, adapt and thrive in the face of increasing global uncertainty as well as local shocks and stresses.
The strategy which was launched at the AMA City Hall on Thursday, 28th March 2019, was developed in collaboration with 100 Resilient Cities and outlines a vision to transform the city’s ongoing stresses into opportunities: by embracing informality as an engine of growth, designing infrastructure to improve the natural and built environments, and optimizing resources and systems for greater efficiency, accountability, and transparency.
The strategy seeks to build resilience and trigger action through spurring coordination, integration, prioritization, and has its actionable initiatives organized around the following key pillars: An integrated approach to infrastructure planning and service provision, optimizing new and existing resources with accountability and transparency as well as embracing the informality’s contributions to resilience building.
Key initiatives in the Resilience Strategy are innovative efforts to integrate the vast network of 'trotros' into the city’s nascent Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and upgrade vehicles to lower Green House Gas (GHG) emission rates thereby tackling both high traffic congestion and pollution levels.
The Chief Executive Officer of AMA, Mohammed Adjei Sowah who out doored the strategy, described it as a document that would direct development of the city in the attainment of its vision of making Accra a smart, sustainable and a resilient modern city.
"Today's release of Accra's Resilience Strategy marks the first of its kind for our city and only the second in West Africa,” said Mayor Adjei Sowah.
He noted that the strategy builds upon a shared identity which celebrates the city's rich cultural heritage while capitalizing on opportunities to become a better, stronger and a more resilient Accra.
"For Accra, building resilience means bringing together systems, institutions and all resources with which the city is endowed with to anticipate, mitigate and respond to whatever acute or chronic challenges that we may face now and in the future," he stressed.
Mayor Adjei Sowah tasked patriots to peruse and make good use of the strategy rather than lock it up in shelves since it was a document that would move the city to resilience and make Accra a place where everyone can live in and love it.
According to Dr. James Mensah, Chief Resilience Advisor for the City of Accra, "by working collectively to bring to life the initiatives presented in the Resilient Strategy, we have the potential to positively affect all who call Accra home."
"The strategy release will by no means be the end of Accra’s resilience journey. We hope to count on the help of residents, businesses, the philanthropic community, and more, to implement these initiatives and together build a more resilient Accra," he added.
In his presentation, He intimated that the strategy was organized into three pillars and strategic directions that were being pursued to achieve the vision, eight goals which are tangible and attainable objectives and 27 initiatives which collectively attempts to address the city’s shocks and stresses.
On her part, Miss Liz Agbor-Tabi, Director of 100 resilient cities indicated that her outfit convened a set of donors following the launch of the strategy to obtain an early understanding of existence and proposed funding mechanisms towards the implementation of the strategy which was poised to better integrate the emerging resilience agenda with existing priorities and initiatives.
She commended the Mayor of Accra for his instrumental leadership in shaping the agenda through his vision which lays the groundwork for transforming the shocks and stresses of the city into long term opportunities.