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Informal settlement and urban development discourse in the Global South: Evidence from Ghana

Informal settlement and urban development discourse in the Global South: Evidence from Ghana
Informal settlement and urban development discourse in the Global South: Evidence from Ghana
The growth of informal settlements across the Global South has generated concomitant empirical research, and research attention has focused on a different aspect of informal settlements. However, despite the plethora of literature in the growing field of informal settlements research, there is a paucity of research concerning the contribution of informal settlement dwellers to the economic development of the urban economy, and the perception of informal settlement dwellers and their challenges, particularly in the context of many countries in Africa. The article contributes to fill this gap by examining the contribution of informal dwellers to urban economic development and the challenges they encounter in the process. Based on a case study involving in-depth interviews and focus group discussions in Accra, Ghana, the authors found that despite the challenges confronting informal dwellers and their characteristics, they contributed to urban development through revenue generation, labour provision, and the creation of employment. Furthermore, the findings uncovered context-specific contributions of informal settlements to urban development that helped both policy actors and practitioners. The authors conclude that the findings imply that urban managers should focus on the settlers and recognize the contributions of informal settlements to urban development.
Ghana, informal settlements, urban development
0029-1951
242–253
Agyabeng, Anthony Nkrumah
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Peprah, Augustine Awuah
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Mensah, James Kwame
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Mensah, Ernest Abraham
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Peprah, Augustine Awuah
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Mensah, James Kwame
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Agyabeng, Anthony Nkrumah, Peprah, Augustine Awuah, Mensah, James Kwame and Mensah, Ernest Abraham (2022) Informal settlement and urban development discourse in the Global South: Evidence from Ghana. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift - Norwegian Journal of Geography, 76 (4), 242–253. (doi:10.1080/00291951.2022.2113428).

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The growth of informal settlements across the Global South has generated concomitant empirical research, and research attention has focused on a different aspect of informal settlements. However, despite the plethora of literature in the growing field of informal settlements research, there is a paucity of research concerning the contribution of informal settlement dwellers to the economic development of the urban economy, and the perception of informal settlement dwellers and their challenges, particularly in the context of many countries in Africa. The article contributes to fill this gap by examining the contribution of informal dwellers to urban economic development and the challenges they encounter in the process. Based on a case study involving in-depth interviews and focus group discussions in Accra, Ghana, the authors found that despite the challenges confronting informal dwellers and their characteristics, they contributed to urban development through revenue generation, labour provision, and the creation of employment. Furthermore, the findings uncovered context-specific contributions of informal settlements to urban development that helped both policy actors and practitioners. The authors conclude that the findings imply that urban managers should focus on the settlers and recognize the contributions of informal settlements to urban development.

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Accepted/In Press date: 11 August 2022
e-pub ahead of print date: 13 September 2022
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Keywords: Ghana, informal settlements, urban development

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Local EPrints ID: 471667
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/471667
ISSN: 0029-1951
PURE UUID: 6e87fe76-e9fa-41c9-b51d-2ec319e8d26c
ORCID for Augustine Awuah Peprah: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6497-9161

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Date deposited: 16 Nov 2022 17:33
Last modified: 19 Nov 2022 02:59

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Author: Anthony Nkrumah Agyabeng
Author: Augustine Awuah Peprah ORCID iD
Author: James Kwame Mensah
Author: Ernest Abraham Mensah

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