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Tenure responsive land use planning in Ghana: evidence from peri-urban Tamale


Year published: 2023
Categories: Journal Article

Author / Authors:

  • Millicent Awialie Akaateba


International Planning Studies, 28:2, 107-123, DOI: 10.1080/13563475.2022.2137114


Due partly to rapid urbanisation and the re-interpretation of customary land tenure, land use planning in Ghana is sometimes associated with tenure insecurities in peri-urban areas. Contributing to the emerging debate on Tenure Responsive Land Use Planning (TR-LUP), this paper assesses the tenure responsiveness of land use planning projects in peri-urban Tamale based on data gathered from in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with key stakeholders. It is argued that the current tenure insecurity challenges that characterised land use planning projects in peri-urban Ghana emanate primarily from limited stakeholder participation, land commodification, re-interpretation of customary land tenure, and weak institutional capacities of local planning agencies. The paper adds insights to the challenges surrounding the applicability of the TR-LUP concept by highlighting how land use planning influences tenure security in customary land tenure contexts. Finally, it proposes policy measures to protect the land use rights of peri-urban dwellers.


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