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Cities as a Strategic Resource: Guideline for Ghana’s National Urban Policy Revision

Cities as a driver of sustainable and inclusive economic transformation

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This document provides a guideline to the NUP revision being undertaken by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in Ghana. It aims to bring together the many actors and multiple urban development initiatives already underway in Ghana around the role of cities in addressing three national risks – inequality, climate change and fiscal instability.

The Guideline recommends harnessing urban economic growth to promote social inclusion and employment; allowing cities to drive the low-carbon structural transition; and developing local fiscal capacity to enhance revenue.

The Guideline was produced through a collaborative process convened by the Ghana Urbanisation Think Tank, including an analysis of Ghana’s urban literature, a two-year local consultation, and three background papers commissioned specifically for the NUP revision.