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Enhancing policy implementation to guide urbanisation and green city development

The Coalition’s Ghana programme provided strategic input on Ghana’s urbanisation and green city development process and advised on institutional and policy reform needed to stimulate investment, inclusion and increased prosperity.

To achieve this, the Coalition developed a Guideline that reviewed and evaluated Ghana’s 2013 National Urbanisation Policy (NUP), identifying areas for action and enhancing the case for its further implementation. The Guideline delivered a review of Ghana’s NUP, supported by an in-depth review of the political economy of urbanisation and the links between urbanisation, industrialisation and a climate resilient economy. The Coalition aimed to fill the knowledge management gap on urbanisation and to elevate the status and broader understanding of urban issues within the national government agenda.

The Coalition has convened the Ghana Urbanisation Think Tank (GUTT), an interdisciplinary community of urban thinkers and influencers focused on supporting the processes of urban development management in Ghana through dialogue, knowledge sharing and a commitment to developing strategies for improving urban development management. The GUTT is co-chaired by Sylvanus Adzornu, Director in the MLGRD, and Professor George Owusu, Ghana University, who is also the co-author of Ghana’s NUP, and is hosted by the Urban Management Institute (UMI). The African Centre for Cities provides overall guidance and technical support for the Ghana programme

The Coalition works together with Ghanaian decision makers and influencers to ensure that research is informed by lived realities, and that research findings are produced and owned by local decision makers. These co-produced research and policy dialogues will support the national government in securing favourable outcomes from the current urbanisation phase.