LOCAL GOVERNMENT MINISTRY INAUGURATES COMSDEF ADVISORY BOARD

Mr Joseph Obeng-Poku, Director Policy at the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, said Ghana over the few decades experienced a drastic shift in population from the rural to the urban areas.

He said as a result, the country had experience pockets of slum settlements and its associated urban sprawl.

Mr Obeng-Poku was speaking at the inauguration of a 13-member Board of the Community Social Development Facility (COMSDEF).

Members of the Board include representatives of the Local Government and Finance Ministries, Cities Alliance and the National Association Local Authorities.

Other representatives are Association of Ghana Industries, Slum Dwellers International, GIZ, UN Habitat Ghana Office, representative of PD and Municipal Level Urban Poor Organisation and civil society organisations.

He said the programme would create inclusive cities without slums in order to maximise the potential of urbanisation.

Mr Obeng-Poku said the objectives of the board would facilitate settlement–base community organisation to access grants and finance initiatives that generate a measurable impact on quality of life of slum dwellers.

He said in order to realize the objective, a community social development facility was established under the land services and citizenship programme, to address issues of slums and the development of settlement communities.

He said it is envisaged that, the facility would grow out of contributions from the central and local government, international agencies and involvement from the beneficiary communities.

Mr Obeng-Poku  urged members of the board to use their accomplishment and expertise in diverse ways to offer strategic advice on priorities for the prudent allocation of funds.

This, he said would enable slums dwellers settlement-base community organisations access to grants to finance initiatives that meet the community needs under clearly defined criteria, which is an overall objectives of the facility.

COMSDEF would contribute and promote the pro-poor development agenda of the government and local government functions.

Source  GNA

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