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Critical Perspectives No. 5[Land Policy an National Development in Ghana ]
Critical Perspectives No. 5[Land Policy an National Development in Ghana ]
01 October, 2000

Critical Perspectives No. 5[Land Policy an National Development in Ghana ]

Land Policy an National Development in Ghana

By Kasim Kasanga

Professor Kasim Kasanga undertakes an incisive analysis of the new National Land Policy. Proceeding from the unassailable premise that dynamic and comprehensive land policy is an indispensable component of the national development policy, drawing from his mastery of theories of land economy and intimate knowledge of constraints on land markets and land administration in Ghana. The new policy receives a mixed review from Professor Kasanga. He endorses it as timely and its broad objectives as progressive. However, he critiques the policy as suffering from some of the same weaknesses in conceptual design and formulation that plagued previous national land policies, especially in key areas such as: the machinery and time scale for implementation; sources of funding and effects of the policy on the national budget; instruments for the amicable resolution of accumulated and outstanding land disputes, court cases, compensation claims; indicators for monitoring success or failure. Professor Kasanga makes several important recommendations to enhance, sustain and legitimize the new land policy. He calls, for building the principles of self-financing and community participation in the new policy. Above all, he recommends that the new land policy be harmonized with the 1992 Constitution, democratized public land administration and decentralization.

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