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Title:An evaluation of Ghana's housing laws in a changing urban context
Author:Ansah, John Windie
Year:2015
Periodical:Legon Journal of Sociology (ISSN 0855-6261)
Volume:5
Issue:2
Pages:6-32
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:housing policy
legislation
governance
Abstract:This research explores the extent to which Ghana's housing laws and policies have worked to meet the housing needs of the Ghanaian citizenry. The research assesses the consistencies between the housing laws and the patterns of housing delivery displayed among the actors in the housing sector. It examines the suitability of the laws to the economic and demographic conditions of the citizens. It also identifies the political dynamics of the implementation or otherwise of these laws and policies, using primary and secondary data drawn from policy makers and sections of the citizenry. The study finds that the laws remain inconsistent with the patterns of housing delivery and are also unsuitable given the economic and demographic conditions of the actors in the housing sector. Moreover, the political dynamics have been characterized by weak level of enforcement of housing laws by the Rent Control Department. The study then calls for a review of the laws, injection of efficiency through the provision of personnel and logistics and the decentralization of the Rent Control Department. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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