Regional Policy and Regional Planning in Ghana
Making Things Happen in the Territorial Community
This title was first published in 2002: This work is about the socio-economic and spatial impacts of planning policy aimed at improving the living standards and well-being of the regional communities of Ghana. Implicit, the effectiveness assessment of regional planning practice. It is set within the context of the new national planning system and offers strategic opportunities and challenges. Characteristically, the national and regional policies and contacts are probed and the lack of formal regional plan-making stressed. The author critically analyzes the problem of socio-economic and spatial disparities, over the mid-60s to the early 1990s, explaining the observed changes. The latter is, differentiatingly, done in terms of relevant theories and the empirics undertaken. These include the fashion of perception and conceptualization of development. Change is based on one-off micro-projects at the regional level and a meso-regional project within a sub-regional context. Dr Ofori equally stresses the implementations and local management of the planning policies and programmes.
Table of Contents
Introduction - regional planning policy, socio-economic and spatial disparities and statutory planning; the intraregional engagement, investigation and inquiry in regional planning; regional development thoery and the planning process - informing policy and strategy; national development planning, policy framework and contexts; regional planning policy, regional plans and development programmes; impacts of regional development policy on inter-local spatial-socio-economic disparities - trends in convergence and divergence; evaluating impacts of the Twifo Oil Palm Plantation and agro-industrial development programme; effectiveness of implementing regional programmes and projects and managing regional change; lessons and policies for future regional planning practice, development processes and implementation - conclusion.