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Ambivalent conditions for co-production in secondary cities: the cases of Techiman and Sunyani in Ghana.

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  • Nina Gribat



In this paper I examine the assumptions underlying discourses on co-production – particularly in the field of urban planning – by focussing on the local level and local actors’ perspectives on Secondary City planning and development in the Global South. This urban context has so far barely been examined in the literature on co-production. Based on qualitative case studies in Secondary Cities in Ghana and interviews with key stakeholders, my contribution shows some implications of limited capacities of planning and policy making and a low degree of organi¬sed civil society. In contrast to this, the high degree of self-provisioning of local people offers potential starting points for co-production. This gap on the ground between people’s capacity to organise and administration and government to respond shows some practical limitations of the rather optimistic discourse on the co-production of services in urban planning.

Trialog - A Journal for Planning and Building in a Global Context #137 “Co-production of knowledge in urban development”. Volume editors: Josefine Fokdal, Astrid Ley and Yassine Moustanjidi


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