Tracing the interconnections between climate change framings and urban climate finance in Ghana. Lessons from the Kumasi Metropolis.

Authors: Stephen Diko*, University of Cincinnati
Topics: Environment, Urban and Regional Planning, Sustainability Science
Keywords: Climate Change, Climate Action, Climate finance, Urban Development Plans, Urban Planning, Kumasi, Africa
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Roosevelt 4, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Climate change has attained global awareness, relevance, and momentum. Yet, its mainstreaming locally is often minimal. This provides an impetus for researchers to understand how city authorities embrace and prioritize climate change issues. By examining development plans and budgets, researchers can understand the prioritization of climate change by city authorities. This paper diverges from contextualizing prioritization of climate change as a barrier but considers the discourse as an opportunity to identify innovative ways to finance urban climate action. It asks two questions: (i) what are the framings of climate action and their funding arrangements in urban development plans? and (ii) what lessons do they present for climate financing in urban areas? The paper focuses on the Kumasi Metropolis, Ghana, and employs a content analysis of two urban development plans and seven annual composite budgets from 2012 to 2017. This approach is crucial since Ghana’s National Development Planning Commission requires Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies— who are development authorities at the local level— to mainstream climate change issues in their development plans and annual composite budgets. Thus, understanding how climate change issues are prioritized through their financing at the local level provides insight to inform innovative urban climate financing in Ghana.

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