Journal article

Accra towards a city-region: Devolution, spatial development and urban challenges

E Gaisie, HM Kim, SS Han

Cities | Pergamon Press | Published : 2019

Abstract

Accra, the capital and largest city in Ghana, has undergone major transformation over the past two decades. Growing population has strengthened the formation of a functional city-region. Increases in local and foreign investments have further intensified territorial linkages of the city with adjoining areas, but its management is mainly characterised by district delimitations. This profile documents the historical development of Accra, recent changes in governance, population, and the economy, as well as critical challenges in urbanisation from a city-region perspective. It also reviews recent metropolitan planning initiatives aimed at addressing those issues.

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to Mr Kwabena Nketiah and Professor Kwasi Kwafo Adarkwa for comments on earlier versions of the manuscript and to Felix Agyemang for sharing land cover data used in the profile. We also thank The University of Melbourne for funding support through the Australian government's Research Training Programme (RTP) scholarship, and the anonymous reviewer for providing constructive comments and suggestions. We are, however, responsible for all views expressed in the profile.