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Vol. 11 No. 1 Political Accountability in Ghanaian Slums:Evidence from the Grassroots
Vol. 11 No. 1 Political Accountability in Ghanaian Slums:Evidence from the Grassroots
10 August, 2012

 More than 5.5 million Ghanaians live in slums. The majority of these people live in the Greater Accra Region. Contrary to popular portrayals of these communities as criminal havens and cut off from the state, slums are important spaces for citizens to interact and engage with the government. Based on one year of fieldwork, this study reveals considerable differences in the levels of political accountability and governance in Ghanaian slums. This research study asks: Why are some communities able to attract and manage state resources to build toilets, construct sewers, pave roads, collect garbage, and provide security while others are unable to attract and manage these same services? In this paper, I suggest three factors that help shape the development of slum communities:

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