Climate partnership with Kumasi, Ghana
Climate change poses major challenges for municipalities worldwide. At the same time, they play a key role in implementing climate protection and adaptation measures. Within the framework of climate partnerships, German cities and their partner municipalities in the Global South assume responsibility for the world climate. The City of Dortmund entered into a climate partnership with the Ghanaian city of Kumasi.
Kumasi is the capital of the Ashanti region in Ghana. It is also known as garden city because of its colorful and diverse flora. Kumasi is a student city, several universities are located here, including the renowned Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, which is also a partner university of the TU Dortmund University. After the capital Accra, Kumasi is the most important city in Ghana. It is also home to one of the largest markets in West Africa. In addition, Kumasi has a flourishing start-up scene with seven Business and Innovation Hubs.
Through the climate partnership, Dortmund and Kumasi are jointly addressing the issue of climate adaptation, as they both face similar challenges with regard to urban climate changes and are currently working on the development of a city-wide climate adaptation concept. The simultaneous development of a master plan enables a peer-to-peer process, which is intended to provide new impulses for the respective master plans.
Ghana is also a partner country of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia so that the partnership between Dortmund and Kumasi benefits from these long-standing relations. Both cities were involved in a project of the Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) regarding the promotion of start-ups and wish to cooperate more closely with each other in future through the Municipal Expert Exchange North Rhine-Westphalia - Ghana.
The location of the Ghanaian Honorary Consulate in Dortmund adds to the special relationship between the two cities.
A donation of the Sparkasse Dortmund in the context of the coronavirus pandemic was used to provide hand washing stations and medical equipment