The City Authority of Accra is the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) is the pivotal administrative and developmental decision-making organs of the City of Accra. The City has a population of approximately 3 million people, and it doubles as the Regional Capital of the Greater Accra Region.
The Assembly through the Local Government Establishment Instrument, 1994 (section sections 1,2,3,4 and 5), carries out legislative, deliberative and executive functions through 32 Departments and Units. These functions are outlined in the Legislative Instrument (L.I. 1615) and are summarized as follows:
Provision of a sound sanitary and healthy environment;
Provision of educational infrastructure for first and second cycle schools;
Provision of markets and lorry parks within the Metropolis;
The planning and development control of all infrastructure within Accra;
Activities bordering on the maintenance of peace and security within the Metropolis;
Provision of public safety and comfort.
PARTNERSHIP WITH CHF INTERNATIONAL
CHF International/Ghana is partnering the AMA to involve slum dwellers in participatory planning. Area of collaboration includes:
Identifying and prioritizing potential slum improvement projects that may fit under the existing and subsequent Medium Term Plans (MTP) and Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) of the AMA;
Work with the AMA to explain the current MTP and MTEF to slum dwellers;
Use the prioritized potential project to create a Development Plan (DP) for the slum community;
Invite AMA officials to discuss the proposed DP and how to integrate it into the subsequent MTP and MTEF.
Unban poverty mapping
CHF signed a letter of agreement with the AMA to undertake an urban poverty mapping survey in Accra. The main objective of the urban poverty mapping is to better understand and analysis the characteristics of poverty in Accra by identifying spatial patterns of poverty and consolidating it in a set of maps. The exercise would give a broad urban framework for poverty reduction and would inform strategic planning of the AMA and other stakeholders in the development of Accra.
In addition to these thematic maps, composite maps will be created showing areas of deprivation (i.e. poverty pockets) identifying clear clusters of settlements.
Crossing information on the basis of the aerial photo of e city will be needed.