Promoting a geography of opportunity in Accra, Ghana: Applying lessons from mixed-income development successes and shortcomings
Joseph, M.L.; Arthur, I.K.; Botchway, E.K.
Urban poverty in both the developed and developing world is often spatially
organized with deprivation highly concentrated in segregated areas of cities.
With the rapid urbanization and lack of effective urban planning in several
countries in sub-Saharan Africa, segregation, economic deprivation and
social exclusion are particularly severe challenges. In the United States,
almost 30 years of poverty deconcentration policy has had mixed results
and offers cautions to other countries looking to confront urban segregation.
Accra, the capital city of Ghana, offers an intriguing example of a city with
substantial clusters of poverty and slum areas, but also some neighborhoods
with high existing levels of economic integration. Drawing on the theoretical
and empirical context of poverty deconcentration efforts in the United
States, this paper presents a conceptual framework with two alternative
pathways for urban development: an inclusionary pathway and an exclusionary
pathway. We use this framework to review and critique Ghana's
existing urban policy and offer implications for inclusionary urban policy in
Accra and other similar cities in developing countries.
Segregation; urban poverty; urbanization; social exclusion; social mix; mixed income; Africa; Ghana
Taylor & Francis Group
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Accra - University of Ghana
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