Ghana: Addressing the Problems of Slums - the Case of Tema (1)

Ghana: Addressing the Problems of Slums - the Case of Tema (1) - Due to the increasing rate of urbanisation, especially in developing countries, illegal structures as a form of shelter are common place. In their quest to have a source of shelter, these unplanned and illegal structures tend to increase and thus lead to the springing up of slums. In the past months, a number of articles and letters have been published in the newspapers on the subject of slums and their associated challenges posed to proper planning, particularly in Tema. The authors have expressed abhorrence for the persistence of these conditions in what should have been a model of a planned city. Indeed, Architect S.Y. Akoto's account "Tema and its broken promises" places Tema's slum challenge in its appropriate historical context, recounting the underlying intentions of the planners of Tema. [AA Urbanisation]