• Cleaning industrial production in West African cities

    Some interesting news on the urban sustainability in Africa front. The city of Tema, a sprawling, bustling and gritty hub of industrial activity on the Ghanaian coast, is now host to a National Centre of Excellence for Cleaner Production. With support from UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the Centre has been established to serve Ghana […]

  • When necessity begets ingenuity: E-waste scavenging as a livelihood strategy in Accra, Ghana.

    This paper describes how due to lack of formal job opportunities, e-waste scavenging has emerged as a major livelihood (survival) strategy for a rapidly growing urban population. It documents how the process has been fueled by neo-liberal economic policies adopted since 1983 that not only failed to create a “vibrant urban economy” but also exacerbated […]

  • Imperial Travelers: The Formation of West African Urban Culture, Identity, and Citizenship in London and Accra, 1925-1935.

    At the end of the First World War, increasing numbers of West Africans traveled to London to pursue degrees in higher education. Their educational experiences abroad presented new political and social opportunities. While living in London, and later as members of West Africa’s urban and educated elite, these students founded a West African public sphere of […]

  • Moving young lives: mobility, immobility and inter-generational tensions in urban Africa

    Abstract This paper explores young people’s experiences and perceptions of mobility and mobility constraints in poorer urban areas of Ghana, Malawi and South Africa within the specific context of inter-generational relations. Drawing principally on qualitative research findings from a study involving both adult and child researchers, our aim is to chart the diversities and commonalities […]

  • WIEGO briefs on informal employment in South Africa, Ghana and Kenya

    Four briefs written by Debbie Budlender at Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) illustrate statisics on informal employment in South Africa, Ghana and Kenya respectively. The South African brief provides methodological insight, while the Ghana and Kenya briefs provide fact sheets on informal employment. Measuring Informal Employment in South Africa: The New Quarterly Labour Force Survey discusses how…

  • Exploring the connections: mining and urbanisation in Ghana

    Studies of mining and urbanisation have been primarily conducted independently of one another, with limited consideration of the inter-linkages between the two. This analysis seeks to fill this gap by exploring the links between mining and urbanisation in a Ghanaian context. Ghana is an interesting case as it is both endowed with significant mineral wealth and is highly urbanised, with a long history of urban settlement compared to most of sub-Saharan Africa. Mining and…

  • Poor Urban Communities and Municipal Interface in Ghana: A Case Study of Accra and Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis

    Like many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana, is undergoing a rapid pace of urbanization associated with socio-economic, environmental, and institutional challenges for urban residents and local government authorities. Under Ghana’s laws, Metropolitan Assemblies (large city local governments) have overall responsibility for the development of their respective cities. This article explores the poor urban communities—municipal interface based on a study carried out in the largest (Accra) and third largest (Sekondi-Takoradi) cities. The study concludes…

  • Accra Ghana: A City Vulnerable to Flooding and Drought-Induced Migration

    This case study will address some expected climate-related impacts on Accra, Ghana, a rapidly developing coastal city with a population of about 3 million people on the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa. For this study, urban climate change impacts will be considered in the context of historical urban growth patterns in Accra, the influence of longstanding migration patterns from the interior and other coastal locations, and the threat of flooding from streams and other urban waterways. All of these…

  • Planning Education in Ghana

    This case study is a contribution to the Global Report on Human Settlements 2009 chapter on planning education with the objective of assessing the capacity of planning education to respond to the changing needs of the country. The paper discusses the origins of planning education in Ghana and the various theoretical debates that have shaped planning to the point as it is taught and practiced today. The Ghana case study illustrates the legacy of colonial planning education…

  • The Urban Transition In Ghana: Urbanization, National Development and Poverty Reduction

    The first point to note is that the intensive urbanization of the industrial nations which occurred in the past is currently under way in today’s developing countries. Although the rate of urbanization in the developing world is proceeding at a fairly comparable rate as that of the industrial nations in the heyday of their rapid urbanization, the rate of population growth of cities in developing countries as distinct from urbanization is rather unprecedented (Songsore,2003a ;Davis, 1967;Satterthwaite,1996; Preston, 1979). In 2008, for the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population,3.3 billion people, are living in…