Ministry of Inner-city & Zongo Development

Welcome to MICZD

The out-going Hon. Minister Boniface handing over notes to the in-coming Minister Hon. Dr. Abdul-Hamid


To formulate and oversee implementation of policies, programmes and projects to alleviate poverty and ensure that Inner-Cities and Zongo communities become inclusively developed and prosperous.


To create prosperous, inclusive and sustainably developed inner-cities and zongo communities across Ghana.


To coordinate and facilitate critical interventions through collaborative and affirmative actions that progressively address the developmental deficits of inner-cities and Zongo communities in Ghana.

  • Core Functions
    • Formulate and implement policies to deal with special needs of Inner-cities and Zongo communities;
    • Promote and coordinate implementation of all planned programmes as well as budgets for the development of Inner-cities and Zongo communities;
    • Initiate and coordinate research including the continuous development and review of policies, laws, rules and regulations affecting Inner-cities and Zongo communities;
    • Provide information on the state of economic and social development of Inner-cities and Zongo communities;
    • Promote dialogue between state actors and Inner-cities and Zongo communities for enhanced cooperation for development.
  • Why the Ministry of Inner-cities & Zongo Development?
    • The Ministry was established by Executive Instrument (E.I) 28 on 28th February 20017to: ensure that Inner-cities and Zongo communities do not become areas of despair, difficulty and social conflict (H.E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo , 11th January 2017)
    • Focus on areas with highest levels of prevalence, concentration and manifestation of all of Ghana’s development challenges such as poverty, disease and illiteracy.
    • Promote inclusion and integration of minorities and marginalized groups
    • Respond to global and local development goals:
      • Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 11): “making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.
      • 40 Year National Long Term Plan Vision:- “build a just, free and prosperous country with high levels of national income and broad-based social development”.
      • 40 Year NLTDP Goal 3 : -“Build safe, well-planned and sustainable communities”.
  • What is a Zongo?
    • Zongo is a Hausa term, meaning the temporary camping place of a carrier or a lodging place of travellers.
    • They are mostly migrant communities in urban areas dominated by people of northen Ghana and the Sahel region of Africa and mostly traders.
    • Zongo characteristics have evolved over the years and presently comprise a lot of non- muslims and several tribes of both Ghanaian and non-Ghanaian origin.
    • Some communities have all characteristics of Zongos but they do not bear the zongo name tag. These communities have the Zongo heritage through lineage, customs and traditions.
    • How many Zongo communities do we have
  • Inner-cities
    • They are the indigenous enclaves within the cities and represent the urban core areas from which the physical expansion of the rest of the city starts.
    • They are either clustered or dispersed in a wider geographical space, especially in Accra.
    • They have tremendous opportunities for the promotion of our heritage through its forts and castles, traditional architecture, slave, markets, and Religious Monument as well as streetscapes.
  • Inner-cities & Zongos – Similarities
    • Inner-cities areas and Zongos in Ghana bear all the characteristics of slums:
      • Poverty& limited prosperity
      • High illiteracy rates
      • Poor environmental sanitation
      • Poor housing & overcrowding conditions
      • weak local economic development
    • Inner-cities areas and Zongos both present opportunities such as affordable rents and serve as sanctuary communities for new migrants who want to build their future in the city.