Accra receives GCF for Migrants and Refugees
The City of Accra has been selected as a recipient of the Global Cities Fund for Migrants and Refugees (GCF), an initiative to respond to the unmet needs of cities that support migrants, refugees, and internally displaced people (IDPs).
Date Created : 5/20/2022 12:00:00 AM : Story Author : Susana Danso/Ghanadistricts.com
The Inclusive Climate Action (ICA) chapter of the GCF which was launched in 2021 at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) by the Mayors Migration Council (MMC) and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40 Cities) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung (RBSG) is expected to help drive financial and technical resources to African cities and address the needs of migrants and displaced people affected by the climate crisis.
The Accra City is expected to use the funds to survey migrants working in the city’s informal waste economy and facilitate their access to financial inclusion, healthcare, and childcare while improving the City’s overall waste management practices.
Madam Elizabeth Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey, the Mayor of Accra said, the GCF for Migrants and Refugees will empower, better, understand and give experiences to Accra’s migrant communities especially those in the informal economy who are displaced by the climate crisis.
She added that the initiative will also enhance the services and programs around their needs while making the city more ecologically sustainable.
The executive director of the Mayors Migration Council, madam Vittoria Zanuso said the five grantees namely Accra (Ghana), Arua (Uganda), Beira (Mozambique), Johannesburg (South Africa), and Monrovia (Liberia) show in practice what it means to put people at the centre of climate action.
“Collectively, they will improve the lives of thousands of migrants, displaced people, and marginalized residents affected by the climate crisis”, she added.