The Ghana Land, Services and Citizenship
for the Urban Poor (LSC) Programme
The Ghana Land, Services and Citizenship (LSC) programme is a partnership initiative undertaken by the Government of Ghana and its support partners to align urban development efforts at the national, city and community levels. It aims to:
The Government of Ghana is implementing LSC through the Urban Development Unit (UDU) and the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS), both under the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD).
Local partners include:
These partners are supported by international organisations including:
Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ghana LSC programme is facilitated and supported by Cities Alliance.
Today, more than half of Ghana’s population lives in its cities, which produce some 60 percent of the country’s national output. Yet, over the years national development in Ghana has been seen primarily through a rural lens, and growth has effectively outpaced urban planning.
But that is changing, and increasing attention is being paid to urban issues including:
National, inclusive dialogue established. Several National Urban Forums have been held, bringing all stakeholders together and giving them a chance to share views and develop a national approach to urbanisation.
Leveraged investments. The Country Programme in Ghana is supporting the multi-stakeholder metropolitan planning process that will result in the design of a sanitation and water programme to be funded by a US $150 million loan from the World Bank.
National urban policy launched. President John Mahama has openly championed the continental urban agenda and launched Ghana's first-ever national urban policy in March 2013.
Awareness of urban issues raised. An advocacy initiative has raised the profile of urban issues and is generating debate in an inclusive and constructive way.
Changing view of slums. The National Government has changed the way it refers to slums—as settlements of the urban poor instead of illegal settlements. Alternative solutions to forced relocation of large settlements are also being sought.
Settlements mapped and profiled in four districts. Peoples' Dialogue has profiled and mapped 18 settlements so far (10 in Ashaiman and 8 in Tema), and the process is underway in 20 settlements in Lekma and Adenta.
Slum dwellers mobilised. 28 new saving groups have been formed in Ashaiman and Tema, with plans to form an additional 76 new groups throughout the four districts (Ashaiman, Tema, Lekma and Adenta).