(Grant) Building the Capacity of the Urban Poor for Inclusive Urban Development in Ghana (SDI)

Project

At-a-Glance

Approval Date
Proposal Focus
1471
Core Focus
Secondary Cities
Country Type
Ghana

Detail

Summary
of this project will widen the experiences of the first grant throughout GAMA (namely: Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), La Nkwantanan Madina (LanMMA), La Dadekotopon (LaDMA), Ga East, Ga West, Ga Central, and Ga South Municipal Assemblies) and deepen the relationships between both slum dwellers and assemblies and between slum dwellers and future programmed national infrastructure investments. In doing this, the grant will develop citywide settlement profiles and maps across GAMA that will also include profiling markets and informal economic activities, working closely with WIEGO and the Know Your City campaign; In addition to the citywide profiling in the above-named municipalities, this initiative will work closely with the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) to establish dialogue platforms within each of the assemblies, in order to promote a more participatory local government system, through and regular city level dialogues.
Objectives
The Project “Building the capacity of the urban poor for inclusive urban development in Ghana” will widen the experiences of the first grant throughout Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) and deepen the relationships between both slum dwellers and assemblies and between slum dwellers and future programmed national infrastructure investments. In doing this, the grant will develop citywide settlement profiles and maps across GAMA that will also include profiling markets and informal economic activities. In addition to the citywide profiling, this initiative will establish dialogue platforms within each of the assemblies, in order to promote a more participatory local government system. Deriving from participation in local fora, a citywide network of community-based organisations and NGOs in Housing and Urban Development (HUDNET) will be established, that will effectively engage with national policy via the national urban forum. The proposal will also respond to the sanitation crisis facing GAMA, which is a priority of the national urban policy. It will achieve this by (a) promoting small community water and sanitation projects; (b) establishing a Community Social Investment Fund for GAMA to finance community driven small-scale environmental health infrastructure projects and (c) linking national investments to community priorities and capacities. The main objective of the project are: • To increase the public knowledge and information available on the magnitude and characteristics of settlements of the urban poor in GAMA; • To strengthen the capacities of communities and local government institutions to actively engage in constructive, result-oriented community-local government dialogue; and • To implement community-led development projects that increase access to water, sanitation and drainage.
Activities
Objective 1: To increase the public knowledge and information available on the magnitude and characteristics of settlements of the urban poor in Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Activity 1: Develop a slum and informal trading typology profiles Sub-activities: Activity 1.1: Facilitate community involvement and savings groups 1. 21 communities federated into savings groups in seven cities in GAMA 2. 700 community leaders identified and trained on SDI “rituals” of savings and data collection 3. 42 exchanges organized (2 per community) 4. 21 training workshops on savings and mobilization organized 5. 21 savings group reports produced at least monthly per federation group 6. One consolidated savings group report produced every three months Activity 1.2: Train community leaders in citywide profiling and mapping 1. 70 community members including informal traders identified and trained for mapping and profiling 2. Refined training manual on methods of engagement 3. 2 refresher and training workshops on mapping and profiling organised 4. Procurement of 10 GPS devices Activity 1.3: Slums, informal settlements and markets profiled and mapped in seven assemblies 1. 70 Focus Group Discussions (FDGs) involving 300 community leaders conducted by profiling team in seven assemblies 2. Preliminary settlement and informal market profile summaries produced for seven assemblies 3. Maps and database for seven municipalities developed and 21 municipal officials trained Activity 1.4: Validate citywide slum, informal settlement, and market profiles through consultation with selected urban stakeholders, including government, community and civil society 1. 59 electoral area validation workshops to validate the citywide profiles organized 2. 25 zonal council/sub-metro level validation workshops to validate the citywide profiles organized 3. 7 city-level validation workshops (60 persons per workshop) 4. Feedback of validation workshops synthesised into seven citywide profile reports Activity 1.5: Publish and disseminate citywide slum, informal settlement, and market profiles through various media (e.g. posters) and public platforms (including the National Urban Platform and municipal forums) 1. 40 copies of profile reports produced for seven cities plus informal markets 2. Citywide, community, and informal market profile maps and posters produced 3. Profile reports disseminated in two print media 4. Seven community durbars organized (to disseminate information through posters, flyers, etc.) Objective 2: To strengthen the capacities of communities and local government institutions to actively engage in constructive, result-oriented community-local government dialogue Activity 2: Activate advocacy platforms and city level dialogues for communities and organized groups (GHAFUP, Ghana Federation of Informal Traders (GHAFIT), etc. Sub-activities: Activity 2.1: Organize advocacy fora and meetings for and with local government institutions 1. 7 fora organized for 300 Unit Committee members for collecting views and information of citizens before General Assembly meetings of assemblies 2. 7 Unit committee fora created for dissemination of Assembly meetings decisions to citizens 3. 14 Zonal council meeting to harmonize citizens’ aspirations and decisions through participatory planning and budgeting processes in preparation of Annual Action Plans (AAPs) 4. 14 Zonal council meetings for Assembly members to meet Communities after council meetings and to negotiate their interests Activity 2.2: Create city level community leader monitoring teams of Medium Term Development Plans (MTDP) and AAP of the 11 assemblies. 1. 11 city level community- led monitoring Teams of MTDP and AAP created in 11 cities Activity 3: Strengthen the capacity of communities and local government institutions in local government-community dialogue Sub-activities: Activity 3.1: Train community leaders including market leaders and local government institutions on how effectively engage with government and other stakeholders 1. 140 community leaders including market leaders identified and trained on methods of stakeholder engagements and participatory planning and budgeting processes 2. 14 fora organized for 300 unit committee members on methods of stakeholder engagements and participatory planning, budgeting processes and social accountability 3. 14 for a for 56 zonal/sub metro councillors on methods of stakeholder engagements and participatory planning, budgeting processes and social accountability Activity 3.2: Identify and connect learnings, from within in the 11 municipalities of GAMA through exchange programs (including the national forum) 1. 55 exchange visits organized 2. 33 leadership meetings organized (Four meetings per city (11) plus 4 National meetings (GHAFUP and GHAFIT) 3. Participation in National Urban Platform 4. 22 (i.e. two per city) community forums organized Activity 3.3: Inform key decision makers through seminars and/or roundtable conferences with community leaders 1. 11 Workshops organized for community leaders in 11 Cities (NDPC to conduct training on integrating slum policy in MTDP and AAPs for community leaders with support from People’s Dialogue) 2. 11 Workshops organized for local government institutions in 11 cities (for members of the Unit Committees, Area/Town Councils, Zonal/Urban Councils and sub-metros (NDPC to conduct training on integrating Slum policy in MTDP and AAPs with support from People’s Dialogue) 3. 3 relevant seminars and round table discussions organized for key decision makers (in seven cities) Activity 4: Create a citywide network of community-based organisations and NGOS in Housing and Urban Development (HUDNET). Sub-activities: Activity 4.1: Urban development stakeholders, NGOs, and civil society organisations identified for the establishment of Housing and Urban Advocacy Network/Platform 1. Institutional mapping conducted to aid the selection and documentation of members of the proposed HUDNET 2. 3 Planning and preparatory meetings held 3. Preparatory works and concept note development Activity 4.2: Establish HUDNET 1. 1 forum organised for the launching of HUDNET as a viable advocacy platform on Housing and Urban development in Ghana 2. 3 after-launch meetings and creation of national advocacy and policy dialogues 3. Strategic plan developed 4. 4 Media engagement and advocacy campaigns organised Objective 3: To implement community-led development projects that increase access to water, sanitation and drainage Activity 5: Consolidate national and regional learning experiences and pilot community development projects: water, sanitation, drainage and alley pavements. Sub-activities: Activity 5.1 Construct a model communal biogas toilet in Ashaiman Municipality 1. Services of a contractor procured to construct 1-model biogas communal toilet 2. 1 model communal biogas toilet constructed and commissioned at Amui Dzor–Ashaiman Activity 5.2 Construct alley pavements with drains in slum communities in four cities 1. 12 exchange visits organized within Ghana 2. Construction contracts awarded to trained community artisans/ members 3. Alley pavement construction activities monitored and evaluated Activity 5.3 Implement Community-led Waste Management Projects (CLEWAMP) in two cities (ASHMA, LADMA) 1. 6 trainings of community members on waste management solutions (3 per city) 2. 8 exchanges for learning from other national experiences 3. Waste management equipment for CLEWAMP team procured and distributed 4. Activities of the CLEWAMP team monitored regularly Activity 5.4 Train community members on community bio fill and assembling of digester toilets 1. Land for building the bio fill assembly site identified and secured 2. Services of a contractor procured to construct the site 3. Requisite equipment and tools purchased to furnish the site Activity 5.5 International exchanges to Uganda to share learning and exposure on small projects and forum platforms with governments 1. Federation team and community leaders identified for the learning exchanges from the 11 cities 2. 2 international exchange visits embarked on 3. 2 exchange reports from the teams produced Activity: Establish a Community Social Investment Fund for citywide slum upgrading projects Sub-activities: Activity 6.1: Develop an operational manual to guide operations of the Community Social Investment Fund agreed by all 11 municipalities, SDI, UDU, and Cities Alliance. 1. Services of a consultant procured to develop operational manual 2. A consultative meeting involving all key stakeholders organized 3. A validation workshop organized to explain the content of manual 4. Report on validation workshops produced and disseminated 10 copies of manual printed and distributed to stakeholders Activity 6.2 Activate the Community Social Investment Fund 1. Board of Trustees identified and established 2. Registration of fund 3. Funds mobilised and deposited into established fund
Expected Impacts and Results
The following are the expected outcomes of the project: ? Increased public knowledge and information about the magnitude and characteristics of the settlements of urban poor in GAMA. ? Increased public knowledge and information about the magnitude and characteristics of the informal economy in GAMA. ? The 11 assemblies of GAMA have institutionalized result-oriented local government-community dialogue mechanisms. ? At least 100,000 squatter and slum dweller households actively participate via their representatives in institutionalized result-oriented local government-community dialogues. ? At least 100,000 squatter and slum dweller households in GAMA have improved qualitative and quantitative access to public services, including water, sanitation, and drainage. ? An established and functional Community Social Investment Fund for the 11 assemblies of GAMA