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Togetether we build; community strategies for improving housing and livelihoods in Ashaiman, Ghana: The case of the Amui Djor housing cooperative
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Facilitating affordable housing to a growing urban population is a challenge that governments and organisations all over the world face. This thesis aims to illuminate and analyse strategies used by the pro-poor non-governmental organisation GHAFUP in Ashaiman, Ghana to tackle the problem with inadequate housing. A further aim is to deepening an understanding of the maintenance and consequences of transnational networking carried out by the organisation and to see how actors outside the traditional planning profession are given room to influence spatial development. This is done by interviewing actors involved in urban planning and housing development in Ghana and members of the Amui Djor saving group of GHAFUP. By analysing the material through the theoretical concepts of space and participation the results show that GHAFUP’s strategies of organising and networking have been successful both for facilitating an affordable housing complex and influencing socio-spatial processes in Ashaiman beyond the project. The study moreover demonstrates how power relations are constantly present and re-negotiated in urban development projects and discusses how organisations working to improve the situation for the urban poor also can act as an excluding force.

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Ashaiman, GHAFUP, Affordable Housing, Space, Urban Planning, Community Development
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-91456OAI: diva2:633979
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-06-28 Created: 2013-06-28 Last updated: 2013-06-28Bibliographically approved

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