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A stakeholder analysis of government policy intervention in the Ghanaian slum communities

Anthony Nkrumah Agyabeng (Department of Business Administration, University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana)
Alexander Preko (Department of Marketing, University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana)

Housing, Care and Support

ISSN: 1460-8790

Article publication date: 16 July 2021

Issue publication date: 15 October 2021




Slum upgrading has received intense attention in the Global South, particularly among stakeholders. This study aims to examine government policy priorities towards slum management with the view of establishing its level of commitment in terms of measures undertaken and identify specific policies to structure the sector.


The study systematically reviewed national policies, guided by the frequency statistics method in identifying key issues relating to slums management. Content analysis was used to identify findings into themes and discussed in line with the study’s objectives.


The results revealed the government’s determination to upgrade the existing slums, with the establishment of a Ministry for Inner City and Zongo Development to facilitate collaboration between stakeholders in the value chain of slum management. Furthermore, the study established government’s resolve to strengthen the Local Government Act, 1993, and the National Development Planning Act, 1994 within context to pave way for slums upgrading.

Research limitations/implications

The study used a national policy framework to inform the conclusion reached. Further studies are needed in similar contexts to understand the inputs of government and stakeholders and their contributions towards slum management. This would further expand the frontiers of knowledge in the domain.

Practical implications

The findings revealed policy-driven that can be used by policymakers, practitioners, housing managers and other relevant stakeholders to create workable policies for slum management.


This study provides first insight into government commitment to slums management using national policy documents in context.



The first author would like to thank his three noble PhD supervisors (Prof Justice Bawole, Prof Albert Ahenkan, and Dr James Mensah) for their continuous guidance and contribution to my thesis which focuses on slums management. The researchers will also want to thank the proofreader Veronica Adjei including the Editor and the two anonymous reviewers for their insightful and constructive comments from which the present paper greatly improved. Any remaining errors or deficiencies are solely the authors’ responsibility. Funding: This study did not receive any funding support.


Nkrumah Agyabeng, A. and Preko, A. (2021), "A stakeholder analysis of government policy intervention in the Ghanaian slum communities", Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 24 No. 2, pp. 41-53.



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