Are we planning for resilient cities in Ghana? An analysis of policy and planners' perspectives

Michael Poku-Boansi, Patrick Brandful Cobbinah

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Abstract

This paper sets forth a set of four principles that define and operationalise the concept of urban resilience. Using these four principles, 105 registered planners with the Ghana Institute of Planners were interviewed and five most recent and relevant national planning documents (four legislation, and one policy) were evaluated to determine how well planning practice advances resilience planning. Findings indicate limited appreciation of the concept amongst planners, despite the national planning documents stating an intention to integrate urban resilience. In addition, these national planning documents do not provide balanced support for all four urban resilience principles, as they advance some principles significantly more than others. More importantly, there is a disconnect between these national planning documents on the one hand, and planning practice on the other, as planning actions are not consistent with the legislation and policies. This paper recommends education of planners on urban resilience issues, credentialing of the concept in the local context, and reconsideration of international agencies' role in resilience planning in Ghanaian cities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-260
Number of pages9
JournalCities
Volume72
Issue numberPart B
Early online dateSep 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018

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