Marked-led initiatives to land tenure in Ghana: Contribution of gated communities

Richmond Juvenile Ewhi, Peter Tyler, Nicky Morrison

Ghana, like many Sub-Saharan African countries has instituted a system of land title registration to address problems in its land market, namely; multiple sales of customary lands, endless land litigations and indeterminate boundaries of customary lands. Yet, despite this intervention, the problems bedevilling the land market persist. Gated communities have emerged to solve these problems and to further guarantee homeowners land tenure security. This paper examines how developers of gated communities provide tenure security for their homeowners. Using Greater Accra Metropolitan Area as case study and collecting data from six gated communities through self-administered surveys and interviews with key stakeholders and residents living in gated communities, the study found that most residents in gated communities strongly perceive that the presence of fence walls, 24-hour manned security posts and other security systems in gated communities provided them the assurance that their land tenure security was guaranteed and hence only few have secured land title certificate.

Event: Land Governance in an Interconnected World_Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty_2018

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