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Rising through Cities: Deepening the Urban Agenda for Transformative Change
Rising through Cities: Deepening the Urban Agenda for Transformative Change
May 14, 2015Accra, Ghana

The World Bank Group and the Government of Ghana launch a new report on urbanization, Rising Through Cities in Ghana, which analyzes the country's rising urbanization challenges and looks at a framework of actions needed to successfully overcome them.

Rapid urbanization in Ghana over the past three decades has coincided with rapid GDP growth. This has helped to create jobs, increase human capital, decrease poverty, and expand opportunities and improve living conditions for millions of Ghanaians. Ghana’s urban transformation has been momentous, but it is not unique: a similar process has characterized other countries at similar levels of development. Ghana’s key challenge now is to ensure that urbanization continues to complement growth through improvements in productivity and inclusion, rather than detracting from these goals. Many rising problems are related to efficiency and inclusion: these include slums, lack of basic services, underdeveloped manufacturing, and insufficient transport infrastructure.

The Ghana Urbanization Review (GUR) and its accompanying reports provide an analysis of Ghana’s rising urbanization challenges and a framework to successfully overcome these challenges. With Ghana’s specific urban challenges and strengths in mind, the GUR focuses on four priority areas:

  • integrated land planning for effective urban development
  • strategic infrastructure development and improved regulation of the transport sector to enhance connectivity of urban areas to markets
  • consolidating the gains made over the last 20 years of decentralization by deepening fiscal decentralization and exploring innovative ways for financing urban development


9:00am: Arrival and Registration
Responsibility: MLGRD

10:00am: Prayer /Self Introduction
Responsibility: Volunteer/Facilitator

10.05am: Introduction of Chairman
Responsibility: Ms. Josephine Manu- MLGRD

10.10am: Chairman’s Remarks
Responsibility: Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi

10.15am: Welcome Address
Responsibility: Hon. Minister , MLGRD

10.25am: Brief Presentation / Overview of the GUR / Report
Responsibility: World Bank Rep

11.00am: Documentary
Responsibility: MLGRD/UDU

11.30am: Statement: World Bank
Responsibility: Country Director

11.40am: Statement: SECO
Responsibility: Head of Cooperation

11.50am: Snack Break & INTERLUDE
Responsibility: All

12.05pm: Keynote Address and Launch of GUR Report: Rising Through Cities in Ghana
Responsibility: H.E. Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana

12.20pm: Group Photograph with Dignitaries
Responsibility: All

12.30pm: Panel Discussions/Debateon Ghana’s Urbanization Review & Decentralization

  • 1. Dr. Nii Moi Thompson, DG – NDPC
  • 2. MLGRD Rep
  • 3. Mr. Mohammed Alhassan, TCPD
  • 4. Mr. Kwasi Poku, Vice President, GIP
  • 5. Dr. Alhassan or a Rep from MoF
  • 6. Mayor of Tamale Metropolitan Assembly
  • 7. Practice Manager, WB
  • 8. CSO Rep

13.30pm: The Next Steps
Responsibility: MLGRD (CD or Director, PPBMED)

13.45pm: Closing Remarks
Responsibility: Chairman


14.00pm: Lunch and Departure
Responsibility: All

  • Event: Launch of Ghana Urbanization Review Report: Rising Through Cities in Ghana
  • Date: May 14, 2015
  • Time: 9 am – 2 pm
  • Venue: La Palm Royal Beach Hotel
  • Theme: Deepening the Urban Agenda for Transformative Change
  • Agenda: Web Version