Data models and standards
Proposed criteria for the evaluation of an address assignment scheme in Botswana
Good governance in land administration is increasingly recognized as paramount in reducing poverty. Efficient delivery of land in peri-urban areas is crucial for housing, industrial and infrastructure development, and the smooth operation of land and credit markets. Consequently, land tenure institutions need to be administered in an open and transparent manner. In Ghana, traditional authorities in customary areas have monopoly powers over land administration. Some leaders are, however, perceived as autocratic and arrogant because of the way they abuse the authority of their office against the backdrop of extreme poverty. It is argued that functional customary land administration systems have in-built ingredients of good governance which should make land administration participatory, transparent and efficient. This paper applies a framework for measurement of key good governance indicators to a case study of land administration in Asokore-Mampong, in Kumasi. This case is chosen as it is an example of functional customary land administration in peri-urban Ghana. This supports the notion that good governance in customary land administration facilitates land delivery, mitigates against land conflicts and ensures security of tenure for indigenes and strangers (those occupying customary land who are not part of the land-owning community). This research forms part of a broader doctoral research investigation in which multiple case studies, representing both functional and dysfunctional customary land administrations in peri-urban Ghana, will be investigated.