Promoting sustainable procurement within the road sector in Ghana: A case study of Department of Urban Road offices in Accra

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In most developing countries, there are no clear cut policies for Sustainable Procurement in the road sector (Ross, 2013). The Road Sector in Ghana is not an exception. The aim of the study seeks to help promote Sustainable Procurement (SP) within the road sector in Ghana with focus on Greater Accra. A questionnaire and interviews were the survey instruments employed for the study. A total of thirty-one (31) construction professionals who work in the Department of Urban Road (DUR) offices were used for the questionnaire survey while a total of six (6) heads, including one (1) contracts manager and one (1) head of quantity survey section at the regional office, of the DUR offices visited were interviewed. Using a convenience approach and purposive sampling technique, the target respondents and interviewees were civil engineers, materials engineers, geodetic engineers and quantity surveyors by profession. Using SPSS v16 and Microsoft excel, the data collected from the survey were grouped together and were analyzed, and the following observations and conclusions were drawn. From the findings it was realized that no policy document on sustainable procurement was in place that mandated Urban Road Offices to carryout sustainable procurement. Also, Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) was most commonly perceived as economically responsible procurement and socially responsible procurement with little consideration given to environmentally friendly procurement. Political/ Cultural interference and Lack of Environmental Awareness among Society ranked as top barriers and challenges whiles Capacity building, Education and Training of Stakeholders and Collaboration with contractors in a way to achieve Sustainability ranked as top strategies to the promotion of Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) in the Roads Sector of Ghana.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Building Technology, College of Art and Built Environment in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science,