We’ve been working with the Weija-Gbawe Municipal Assembly to strengthen the capacity of the Weija-Gbawe Municipality to PREVENT, PREPARE, RESPOND, RECOVER, RECONSTRUCT & REHABILITATE from all forms of hazards for increased resilience. Read more about our workshops and meetings below.
Training stakeholders on information sharing and the use and maintenance of equipment (May 2022)
This training workshop was to help stakeholders understand what has been put in place by the project in terms of the CICs, communication plan and the MoU. It was also to help each stakeholder to understand the role each person will play in the management and maintenance of the CICs. The second part of the workshop was to give stakeholders training on the proper use and maintenance of the communication equipment. The final session was to help stakeholders know and understand how to pass on information, especially disaster related information.
Inputs into the memorandum of understanding for the community information centers (March 2022)
This workshop was organized to give stakeholders (private owners, the selected members from the assembly, the MCD and selected members of the community) the opportunity to make inputs into the draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the running of the Community Information Centers (CICs), both private and WGMA owned. The workshop was also to remind the stakeholders of the reason behind setting up the new CICs and enhancing the capacity of the old ones. The draft copies of the MOU was sent to the various stakeholders two weeks before this workshop to give them adequate time to carefully read through the documents.
Workshop to finalize the communication plan and draft the Memorandum of Understanding (February-March 2022)
This three-day residential workshop was to discuss and include the updated communication plan into the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and to design the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will set the tone for work at the Community Information Centers (CICs) between the stakeholders. It was also used as an opportunity to make inputs on the infographics designed to better communicate disaster information at the various centers.
Meeting with District Disaster Management Committee Members, radio stations and Regional Emergency Operations Center (July 2021)
This meeting was organized to bring the Greater Accra Regional Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as well as some radio stations in the Weija-Gbawe area (Think FM and Angel FM) to terms with the work the project is seeking to do regarding communicating disaster information to the community in a timely manner in the Weija Gbawe Municipal. The meeting was also to look at the draft communication plan the information services department (ISD) of the Weija Gbawe Municipal Assembly had been tasked to develop at the previous meeting.
Meeting with District Disaster Management Committee Members and National Emergency Operations Center (July 2021)
The meeting was to inform and bring on board certain key members from the NADMO head office to introduce them to the project without necessarily giving them the impression that it was going to be handled at the national level. It was also to gather inputs from them to better implement the plans of the project. A representative of the National Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was invited.
Meeting with District Disaster Management Committee Members (June 2021)
This meeting was organized to update the District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) members at Weija on the work that has been done so far in relation to setting up the Communication Information Centers (CICs). It was also to get their inputs and suggestions on the way forward with regards to the running and management of the CICs even after the project has ended.
Workshop in Accra, Ghana (November 2020)
In November 2020, we held the first PRIMED workshop in Accra, Ghana as a step towards co-developing effective and innovative solutions for building overall resilience to climate hazards. We focused on the Weija-Gbawe Municipal where floods occur as a result of both dam spillage and heavy storms.
We gathered members of the Municipal Assembly, disaster volunteer groups, national disaster management organisations, rescue services and affected communities. The workshop participants identified the main actors involved in flood response, and detailed the actions they take and resources they provide. Participants also described the actions needed to improve preparations for future floods.