Urban Forum

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 415–432 | Cite as

Urbanisation of Hope or Despair? Urban Planning Dilemma in Ghana

  • Patrick Brandful CobbinahEmail author
  • Michael Poku-Boansi
  • Raymond Asomani-Boateng


Our reflections on recent treatment of African urbanisation begins with the assertion that implicit recognition and acceptance of “rapid urbanisation” as a legitimate and primary cause of urban management challenges—e.g. poverty, slum development, haphazard development, etc.—has impoverished the appreciation of other fundamental causes of poor urban functionality in Ghanaian cities. This article argues that urban planning practice in Ghana has contributed to the many urbanisation challenges in Ghanaian cities, yet remains critical if rapid urbanisation is to be effectively managed. The article provides some useful policy directions to managing rapid urbanisation in Ghana.


Africa Ghana Urbanisation Urban planning Urban management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Brandful Cobbinah
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Michael Poku-Boansi
    • 3
  • Raymond Asomani-Boateng
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Management, Faculty of Environment Society and DesignLincoln UniversityLincoln 7647New Zealand
  2. 2.Institute for Land Water and SocietyCharles Sturt UniversityAlburyAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Planning, Faculty of Built EnvironmentKwame Nkrumah University of Science and TechnologyKumasiGhana
  4. 4.Urban and Regional Studies Institute, Minnesota State University MankatoMankatoUSA

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