Researcher, Making Africa Urban
Kofi Kekeli Amedzro is an urban (development) planner who currently works with the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority (LUSPA, formerly Town and Country Planning Department,head office) in Accra, Ghana. Before joining the Authority, Kofi worked with COWI (Danish International Development Consultancy and Engineering firm) in the preparation of Ghana’s National Spatial Development Framework (2015-2035). Kofi worked on the Ghana Infrastructure Plan by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), which is aimed at guiding major infrastructure development in the next 30 years. Kofi particularly worked on the Human Settlements, education, health infrastructure as well as the correctional facilities sector. He also assisted the Ministries of Works and Housing on developing the implementation plan for Ghana’s Housing Policy.
Kofi is currently the chairperson of the Big and Spatial Data working group at the Ghana Statistical Service working on tracking some spatially related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Ghana. Kofi is also a member of the technical team on Local Economic Development (LED) with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. Kofi has been recently nominated to be communication member of the Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry.
Kofi has been collaborating with International Development Organizations, Ministries, Departments and Agencies on urban planning and development issues by providing technical and advisory services. One of such outputs is the Northern Ghana Human Development Report (2018) by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Aside these, Kofi provides private consultancy services on Urban Planning and Management issues. His most recent consultancy role was with the Local Assessment Report (LAR) on Secondary Cities (Cape Coast and Agona Swedru) for Cities Alliance, working with Eparque Urban Strategies (New York). He was also involved in an assessment of specific municipalities and their implementation of the World Bank funded Second Cities Programme.
Kofi advocates for socially just policies and discusses issues ranging from housing, urban and metropolitan governance, participatory urban planning, climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, local economic development among others.
His interest in urban planning and metropolitan governance led him to collaborate with Felix Agyemang and Elizabete Silva on publishing a paper in Cities titled on “The emergence of city-regions and their implications for contemporary spatial governance: Evidence from Ghana”.
Role in the Making Africa Urban Research Project
Kofi is a Research Assistant working with the project collaborator Professor George Owusu of the University of Ghana in Accra.
- History and current politics of master planning in Accra by Kofi Kekeli Amedzro