Better public housing management in Ghana: An approach to improve maintenance and housing quality

Samson Aziabah Akanvose

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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In Ghana, public housing which is provided mainly for government employees plays an important role in socio-economic development. For instance, civil servants are more likely to accept transfers to areas where their services are most needed. Unfortunately, attention to public housing in Ghana has diminished over the years largely due to shift in policy focus towards the enablement approach. That is, private-sector-led housing production. The result is that, public housing conditions and quality continuous to deteriorate due largely to lack of maintenance. This is evident in many research and news publications, and the visible signs of deterioration such as leaking roofs, rotten ceilings, cracked walls, faded paint, and dysfunctional electrical and plumbing systems. Therefore, this thesis proposes an approach to management by local authorities that may bring about maintenance and lead to better conditions/quality of public housing. The approach proposes a defined structure with roles, responsibilities and relationships for the district assembly, the district coordinating director, the housing unit of the local authority, the works department, and tenants. It outlines a defined protocol for addressing repairs and maintenance including mechanisms to receive and respond to everyday repairs from tenants. Furthermore, it proposes that district assemblies should be fully responsible for determining and collecting rents so as to ensure reliable and secure finance for maintenance. It recommends the participation of tenants in management through mechanisms such as regular meetings or tenant representatives. Finally, it recommends mechanisms such as planning, budgeting, and submission of annual accounts to monitor and ensure that rents are spent on maintenance.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Gruis, V.H., Supervisor
  • Elsinga, M.G., Supervisor
  • van der Flier, Kees, Advisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date24 May 2018
Print ISBNs978-94-6366-036-5
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Ghana Public housing
  • Public housing management
  • Housing management
  • Local authorities
  • Housing management approach
  • Housing maintenance
  • Maintenance
  • Housing quality
  • Housing conditions

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