Exploring the opportunities for using public private partnerships (PPP) in the Ghanaian housing sector

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In recent times there has been an increased discussion on various national platforms across the country on the manner in which the Ghanaian Government is Partnering the Private Sector in the provision of Infrastructure and service such as sanitation, water, roads, railways, Housing, Harbor, and airport. Studies all over the world have constantly shown that infrastructure is anessential pre-requisite for economic growth and therefore the need for a consistent provision of infrastructure as well as social services to maintain such growth is very paramount. This has resulted in the development of a new and innovative approach to the provision and financing of public infrastructure, hence the adoption of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework which reflects government desire for improved quality, cost-effective and timely provision of public infrastructure and services in Ghana. The aim of the study is to explore the progress and application of Public Private Partnership (PPP) implementation in the Ghanaian housing sector. The research made use of questionnaires as means of gathering useful data for the study. Out of the target population of 50 respondents, a sample of 30 was chosen for the study.A self-developed questionnaire was used through simple sampling technique to collect data from the respondents. The collected data were analyzed using a program called Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) Version 16, to perform basic descriptive statistics. Analysis from the study identified legislation on the use of locally available materials for the housing sector, provision of land to private sector developers by government, lack of awareness of the PPP policy and lack of computerized database of land owners to minimize land and property litigationas some of the factors (key words) hindering the smooth implementation of the PPP policy. Finally, publicity/education to increase the awareness of the PPP policy, the policy implementation should be structured fairly to cover all sectors of the economy, local real estate developers should be considered for priority government contracts, conscious efforts and financial dedications should be given to the housing sector and improve efficiency and effectiveness were recommended as the way forward if the policy is to succeed.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Building Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Science in Procurement Management