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Ghana receives 145 million USD from the World Bank to strengthen urban services.

The World Bank has granted extra funds for the Ghana Secondary Cities Support Program in the amount of 145 million USD in International Development Association (IDA) credit.

The fund would help the government expand and improve urban services for two million people who live in 35 secondary cities.

This expands on an existing secondary city support program that was approved in 2018 and allows for a scale-up to 35 secondary cities of the nation.

The increased funds will be used to strengthen institutional capacity for urban administration and upgrade basic urban infrastructure in 35 secondary cities, including the six newly established regional capitals.

The program will also help regional and national organizations give secondary cities with the resources they need to govern and deliver services effectively.

According to Pierre Laporte, World Bank Country Director for Ghana, residents of participating communities will enjoy better access to urban services such as upgraded roads, more efficient services, and less flooding. The additional funding would be used to boost secondary cities' capabilities for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The Ghana Secondary Cities Program, according to Martin Onyach-Olaa, Senior Urban Specialist and Task Team Leader, will support the government's National Decentralization Action Plan by ensuring the effective and efficient management of urban growth in order to increase economic activities and improve life conditions. Collaboration and coordination at all levels of government will be required to bring this urbanization opportunity to fulfillment, he added.

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