Addressing Rapid Urbanization Challenges in the Greater Accra Region1 Currently 51.9% of Ghana’s population lives in urban areas, and it is estimated that it will reach 72.3% by 2050, calling for fast and sustainable strategies for facilitating the main problems deriving from rapid urbanization. The challenges in the Greater Accra Region deserve special attention taking into account the rapid expansion of the urban area since the 1990 with a serious backlog of services and infrastructure. To prevent further uncontrolled urban growth and to harness the agglomeration advantages of urbanization a clear strategy is needed.

This proposal provides a clear strategy for sustainable urban development and effective implementation structured on the basis of a three-legged approach, a development method uniting legal, economic and spatial frameworks.