Urban planning and politics in Ghana

Patrick Brandful Cobbinah, Rhoda Mensah Darkwah

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    Through an analysis of Ghana’s political and administrative structure, which established the basis of urban planning practice, this paper shows how urban planning has failed to create liveable and functional cities in Ghana. This paper uses semi-structured interviews and agency consultations to supplement document reviews and news paper articles to address the dearth of research on the subject in Ghana. Findings show that dominant political elites, with little or no urban planning background, control and dictate urban planning activities resulting in chaotic scenes and urban blight across Ghanaian cities. Analyses here reinforce the growing recognition that urban planning outcomes in Ghana, and most African countries are not shaped by professional practice and do not reflect the aspirations of the community, but instead political elites. Urban planning agencies are left vulnerable as their activities are interfered, dictated and hindered by both traditional and mainstream political elites. This paper advocates for independence of urban planning agencies in the performance of their duties.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1229-1245
    Number of pages17
    JournalGeoJournal: an international journal on human geography and environmental sciences
    Issue number6
    Early online date2016
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


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