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GIS Application to Support Land Administration Services in Ghana: Institutional Factors and Software Developments

Karikari, I.B., Stillwell, J. and Carver, S. (2002) GIS Application to Support Land Administration Services in Ghana: Institutional Factors and Software Developments. Working Paper. School of Geography , University of Leeds.

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Abstract

In June 1999, the Ghanaian Government launched a new land policy document that sought to address some fundamental problems associated with land administration and management in the country. The document identified the weak land administration system as a particular problem and recommended the introduction of computer-aided information systems in the ‘lands sector’. In 2001, the Government made further proposals to prepare and implement a Land Administration Programme (LAP) to provide a better platform for evolving an efficient land administration that would translate the ‘National Land Policy’ into action. Thus, an up-to-date land information system (LIS), supporting efficient management of land records, is to be constructed, which provides a context for the research reported in this paper. We document two aspects of our research on the adoption of GIS by the Lands Commission Secretariat (LCS) which form part of a pilot project in GIS diffusion. Part one of the paper mainly outlines the empirical results arising from fieldwork undertaken during 2001 to determine the information and GIS requirements of the LCS in relation to their routine administrative processes and to identify the critical factors that are required to ensure that any new GIS applications are successfully embraced. Part two explains the prototype software system developed using ArcView 3.2 and Access that provides the LCS with a means to automate some of the routine administrative tasks that they are required to fulfil. The software has been modified and upgraded following an initial evaluation by LCS employees also conducted as part of the fieldwork in Accra.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright of the School of Geography, University of Leeds.
Keywords: Land administration; diffusion of geographic information systems; Ghana; Accra Lands Commission Secretariat
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > School of Geography (Leeds) > Geography Working Papers (Leeds)
Depositing User: Mr CIC Carson
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2008 13:02
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2014 06:41
Published Version: http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/wpapers/
Status: Published
Publisher: School of Geography
Identification Number: School of Geography Working Paper 02/02
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5008

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