Policy-reality gaps in Africa’s walking cities: Contextualizing institutional perspectives and residents’ lived experiences in Accra
AuthorOkyere, Seth Asare
Frimpong, Louis Kusi
Mensah, Stephen Leonard
Fianoo, Isaac Nevis
Nieto-Combariza, Maria José
AffiliationUniversity of Arizona
Sociology and Political Science
Geography, Planning and Development
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PublisherInforma UK Limited
CitationOkyere, S. A., Frimpong, L. K., Oviedo, D., Mensah, S. L., Fianoo, I. N., Nieto-Combariza, M. J., ... & Kita, M. (2024). Policy-reality gaps in Africa’s walking cities: Contextualizing institutional perspectives and residents’ lived experiences in Accra. Journal of Urban Affairs, 1-22.
JournalJournal of Urban Affairs
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AbstractThis paper confronts the current policy landscape and lived experiences of walking in African cities through the lens of policies, plans, institutional, and residents’ narratives. The paper builds on qualitative evidence drawn from content analysis and semi-structured interviews with local-level stakeholders across policy sectors concerned directly or indirectly with walking and walkability in the city. Perspectives from local government institutions are first reviewed to ascertain considerations for accessibility, safety, and pleasurability dimensions of walking and, second, contrasted with the lived walking experiences of residents of low-income settlements in Accra. Results indicate limited attention to pleasurability dimensions in both policy and municipal plans and significant incongruities with residents’ lived realities of walking. This parallel between the frameworks and plans underpinning the construction of the walking environment and the lived experiences of those affected by such decisions seeks to nuance debates about policy-reality (dis)junctures in African urbanism.
Note18 month embargo; first published 05 January 2024
VersionFinal accepted manuscript