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Title: Sanitation - a neglected essential service in the unregulated urban expansion of Ashaiman, Ghana
Authors: Mazeau, Adrien P.
Scott, Rebecca E.
Tuffuor, Benedict
Keywords: Toilet
Urban planning
Housing density
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: The Faculty of The Built Environment Uganda Martyrs University
Citation: MAZEAU, A.P., SCOTT, R.E. and TUFFUOR, B., 2012. Sanitation - a neglected essential service in the unregulated urban expansion of Ashaiman, Ghana. IN: Proceedings of Sustainable Futures Conference: Architecture and Urbanism in the Global South, Kampala, Uganda, 25-30 June 2012, pp. 37-44.
Abstract: In Ghana, over 70% of urban dwellers do not have private sanitation facilities in their home and rely instead on an informal network of shared toilets. Using results from house surveys, sanitary surveys of toilets and their observed use, this paper explores how the different type of toilets are distributed and utilized in three neighbourhoods of Ashaiman, a rapidly growing city in southern Ghana. The study reveals how and why access to sanitation facilities is influenced by the process of urban development, the distribution of the population and local urban planning policies. Differences in sanitation provision from one area of Ashaiman to another are not limited to the number and location of toilets, but also different levels of service and user fees, that impact on the daily lives of thousands of urban residents. Findings of the study indicate that provision of new sanitation facilities, individual or shared, must consider the motives of implementers, the needs and preferences of the residents and the broader urban context, where patterns of urban development play a critical role.
Description: This is a conference paper.
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17669
Publisher Link: http://www.sfc2012.org/mazeau_scott_tuffuor.pdf
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