Thursday, June 19, 2014

RIGHT TO THE CITY: PROMOTING LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE PHASE OF INCREASING INFORMALITY

Majority of people in Ghana today live in urban areas. Supporting this population is an informal economy that employs over 66% of the urban labor force. Despite this contribution, businesses in the urban informal economy in Ghana are treated as an illegality and receive less attention from authorities while workers struggle to maintain a decent standard of living. Using a “right to the city” framework, this paper advocates that the fulfillment of the rights of businesses and workers of the urban informal economy should be an aspiration of local economic development (LED) interventions in Ghana.