Accra’s Resilience Journey

The city of Accra joined the 100RC Network in December 2014. The city is currently in the process of developing its Resilience Strategy.

Accra’s Resilience Story

Accra is the capital of Ghana and one of the safest cities in Africa. But serious and sustained water pollution threatens the sprawling metropolis’s economic stability and growth. Extreme water pollution from human and industrial waste has stymied private-sector investment in waterfront development and left the city’s two lagoons uninhabitable for local species, threatening local lagoon-based cultural rituals.

But the city’s worst fear is the threat of a cholera outbreak, driven by polluted floodwaters that arrive with the rainy season. Cholera strains the city’s health care systems and can impact larger business operations and markets. The city’s leadership is thinking about the problem in an innovative way; from recent experiences with outbreaks, officials know that taking a holistic approach to resilience involves not only improving waste management and flood management, but also “sensitization infrastructure” to promote good sanitation and hygiene within local communities.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Coastal / Tidal Flooding
  • Disease Outbreak
  • Earthquake
  • Environmental Degradation
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Rainfall Flooding

Snapshot of Accra

  • 1,848,600

    POPULATION AS OF 2010

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