Assessing MMDAs Performance Towards Achieving SDGs 6 and 11: A Case of Ga Central Municipality in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana
Challenges associated with water, sanitation, and sustainability remain global problems, specifically in developing countries such as Ghana. To combat these issues, Ghana has tried to keep up with global development goals such as the United Nations (UN)’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Ghana has also tried to decentralize its governance structure to bring the government closer to the people. The core units of the decentralized governance structure are the Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs), and these same MMDAs are responsible for implementing national strategies such as the SDGs at the local level. The research sought to assess Ghana’s decentralized governance by studying challenges faced by the Ga Central Municipality Assembly, the Greater-Accra regional capital’s worst-performing MMDA of 2020. The objectives were to evaluate the state of Ga Central Municipality regarding progress on the SDGs relating to SDG 6 (water and sanitation) and SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities), identify problems encountered, and provide recommendations. The study followed a narrative qualitative research method, and the data collection methods employed were interviews and observation. The study used primary and secondary data and data sources, including the Ga Central Municipality residents, officers in the Ga Central Municipal Office, the UNDP, and the NDPC. Information from the Local Governance Act 936 was also used. The findings suggested that the Ga Central Municipality was in a poor state regarding attaining SDGs related to water, sanitation, and sustainability. The reasons for poor performance included lack of cooperation, communication, education, and financial constraints. Recommendations to resolve the issues were improved communication, cooperation, and education on the role and importance of MMDAs.
Undergraduate thesis submitted to the Department of Business Administration, Ashesi University, in partial fulfillment of Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, May 2022
Hammond, D. M. E. (2022). Assessing MMDAs Performance Towards Achieving SDGs 6 and 11: A Case of Ga Central Municipality in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Ashesi University.