Customary Landholding Institutions and Housing Development in Urban Centres of Ghana : Case Studies of Kumasi and Wa

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/28833
Title:
Customary Landholding Institutions and Housing Development in Urban Centres of Ghana : Case Studies of Kumasi and Wa
Authors:
Abdulai, Raymond Talinbe; Ndekugri, Issaka E.
Abstract:
In Ghana, land is vested in families and chiefs in the traditional land sector. These corporate bodies, referred to as customary landholding institutions control over 90% of the total land area in the country. The institutions therefore govern access to land. Urban centres in Ghana are plagued with a plethora of problems and one of them is inadequate housing. The urban housing problem is partly attributed to the existence and operation of the institutions. The customary landholding system is perceived as communal landownership, which does not permit individual ownership. It is thus argued that the system does not provide incentives for investing in housing development. This paper reports on a study carried out to test the assertion that the system does not permit individual ownership using two urban centres as case studies. The analysis shows that the operation of the institutions permits individual landownership. The traditional landownership system cannot therefore be the cause of the urban housing problem based on the premise that it does not permit individual ownership of land rights.
Citation:
Habitat International, 31(2): 257-267
Publisher:
Amsterdam: Elsevier
Journal:
Habitat International
Issue Date:
2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/28833
DOI:
10.1016/j.habitatint.2007.02.004
Additional Links:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6V9H-4NHM6DM-1&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=10362368577335dd78d50a84db3bb73e
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0197-3975
Appears in Collections:
Construction and Infrastructure

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorAbdulai, Raymond Talinbe-
dc.contributor.authorNdekugri, Issaka E.-
dc.date.accessioned2008-05-29T10:52:27Z-
dc.date.available2008-05-29T10:52:27Z-
dc.date.issued2007-
dc.identifier.citationHabitat International, 31(2): 257-267en
dc.identifier.issn0197-3975-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.habitatint.2007.02.004-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/28833-
dc.description.abstractIn Ghana, land is vested in families and chiefs in the traditional land sector. These corporate bodies, referred to as customary landholding institutions control over 90% of the total land area in the country. The institutions therefore govern access to land. Urban centres in Ghana are plagued with a plethora of problems and one of them is inadequate housing. The urban housing problem is partly attributed to the existence and operation of the institutions. The customary landholding system is perceived as communal landownership, which does not permit individual ownership. It is thus argued that the system does not provide incentives for investing in housing development. This paper reports on a study carried out to test the assertion that the system does not permit individual ownership using two urban centres as case studies. The analysis shows that the operation of the institutions permits individual landownership. The traditional landownership system cannot therefore be the cause of the urban housing problem based on the premise that it does not permit individual ownership of land rights.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherAmsterdam: Elsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6V9H-4NHM6DM-1&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=10362368577335dd78d50a84db3bb73een
dc.subjectTraditional landholding institutionsen
dc.subjectCommunal landholdingen
dc.subjectLand rightsen
dc.subjectHousing developmenten
dc.subjectGhanaen
dc.subjectAfricaen
dc.subjectSub-Saharan Africaen
dc.subjectLand ownershipen
dc.subjectEconomic developmenten
dc.subjectLand tenureen
dc.subjectProperty rightsen
dc.subjectIndividual ownershipen
dc.subjectSocioeconomicsen
dc.subjectUrbanisationen
dc.subjectUrban housingen
dc.titleCustomary Landholding Institutions and Housing Development in Urban Centres of Ghana : Case Studies of Kumasi and Waen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalHabitat Internationalen
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