The profiling of Tema Metropolis was conducted as part of the Ghana Federation and People’s Dialogue component of the Cities Alliance sponsored Land, Services and Citizenship (LSC) programme which seeks to build the capacity of the urban poor to promote inclusive urban development within Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA). This profiling was done by People’s Dialogue working in alliance with the Ghana Federation in partnership with the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA). The exercised aimed at identifying the informal settlements within Tema Metropolis and ascertaining details about them with respect to issues around land, housing, education, health, livelihoods, governance, and community development priorities as well as the historical backgrounds.
The profiling exercise was borne out of the need to unveil basic information about these informal settlements whose contribution to the city’s socio-economic development is often overlooked by the city authority. It is anticipated that the information gathered through this exercise will contribute towards the development of Tema as an inclusive city. It is important to emphasize that this information was not derived from professionals but rather from community members and opinion leaders identified by the community themselves as being more knowledgeable about their communities. The exercise also aims at encouraging active participation of the slum communities in the development and planning process of Tema especially through the identification of their most urgent needs through community priorities.