One of the critical developmental challenges confronting governments especially in the developing and transition countries is the issue of urbanization. Cities, towns and communities are increasingly becoming urbanized than ever before. The challenge in dealing with the phenomenon is about how city managers govern and manage their cities in the midst of heightened expectations from their increasing populations and their inability to provide services and amenities to match up with the growing sprawl.
The module, Urban Governance and Management seeks to analyse the issue of urbanization as a reality and the challenges that come with it within a dynamic and ever changing context. It explores urbanization and urban challenges within the context of sustainable development. The course will also examine urban poverty and how the poor achieve their livelihoods in a complex urban environment. The module seeks to explore how city managers govern and manage their cities in order to make them sustainable, competitive and liveable.
The rationale for the module is to expose participants to the multi reality of urbanization, as the estimation is that, Ghana, since 2013 has been 52% urban, which makes urban governance and management a burning issue, coupled with the fact that urban management and development is a crosscutting issue with multiple dimensions
The Ghanaian decentralized local governance structure situates the overall development of localities to the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), which have their urban and rural populations, both of which have their needs and wants. With the ever increasing urbanization being experienced, leadership and staff within the MMDA setting need to be exposed to the trend, and challenges this presents and how to deal with the complexity of issues.