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Title:The fate of the tree: planning and managing the development of Kumasi, Ghana
Editors:Adarkwa, Kwafo K.ISNI
Post, JohanISNI
City of publisher:Amsterdam
Publisher:Thela Thesis
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:urban development
urban planning
urban economy
urban population
health care
land tenure
local finance
economic policy
political change
Abstract:Over the last few decades, the living conditions of major sections of the population of Kumasi, the second largest city in Ghana, have deteriorated badly. This collective volume explains the city's decay and the unequal impact on various groups from a management perspective. It shows how interactions between residents, businessmen, politicians, bureaucrats and community organizations have changed as a result of the profound political and economic transformations that have taken place in Ghana since the early 1980s. Policies of economic liberalization, democratic reform and administrative decentralization have altered the urban management structure, with mixed results. The book identifies the winners and losers in the implementation of these policies by examining various aspects of urban development. It deals with the peculiarities of the Kumasi land and housing market, the increasing informalization of the urban labour force, the impact of privatization in urban transportation and sanitation, and the unevenness in public health care. The book also raises questions about why urban management fails to live up to its expectations, why development control is ineffective, and why local revenue generation performs so weakly. Contributors: K.K. Adarkwa, S.N. Boapeah, C. de Veer, A. Frantzen, D.N.A. Hammond, S. Hueber, K.D. Kessey, D. Korboe, E.Y.Kunfaa, S.E. Owusu, K. Owusu-Akyaw, J. Post, and E.K.A. Tamakloe. [ASC Leiden abstract]