Profile of Ms Esther Owusu University of Cape Coast

Esther  Owusu

A young lady with the passion in development planning with emphasis in disaster management and planning at the local government level. I'm very innovative and always ready to learn and apply new knowledge. I aspire to be a research fellow in development planning. I love travelling, reading, writing and researching. I always look forward to new challenges in life.

General research interests

Disaster management and spatial planning, building resilient cities and communities

PhD/Postdoctoral Research Title

integrating disaster risk management into development planning of local governments in Ghana

PhD Abstract

Disaster is a serious developmental issue that must be taken into consideration and integrated into policy formulation, planning, budgeting, implementation and evaluation of development programmes at the national, regional and district levels. This is necessary to protect lives, livelihoods, property and the environment for sustainable development.
It has also been observed that the development of most relevant programs on disasters are done in a quick response to a massive disaster, this is mainly because disaster risk management is not viewed within sustainable development framework. Programs and projects relating to disaster risk are mostly not sustainable because they are not integrated into the development plans and more importantly, into the local and national plans.
According to UN/ISDR and UN/OCHA (2008), increasing urbanization, including growing concentrations of people in unplanned and unsafe urban settlements as well as exposed coastal areas, poverty, HIV prevalence, and inadequate attention to changing risk patterns, are placing more and more people in disaster-prone locations.
Ghana is not an exception when it comes to the assertion by UN/ISDR and UN/OCHA (2008) as most disasters in the country are as a result of unplanned and unsafe urban settlements. In view of these and many others, the study seeks to embark on identifying the type of hazards that are prevalent in Ghana to evaluate the plans and policies regarding the management of such disasters. It also seeks to examine the socio-economic and political issues surrounding disaster risk management in Ghana and above all develop a proposed model to integrate disaster risk management into Ghana’s development agenda.
In achieving these objectives, the methods to be adopted for the study will range from critical literature review, comparative and conceptual analysis, administering of questionnaires, field survey, focus group discussions and interviews. These will be complemented by a diverse source of data from academic books, research papers, journal articles, websites, national and international reports and publications. Three MMDAs will be selected across the country using purposive sampling technique. Stakeholders in disaster management and other planning authorities will be interviewed.
The gathered data will be analysed using statistical tools to produce empirical results from which conclusions will be drawn. This will be the basis for which a model will be designed to help integrate disaster risk management into MMDA’s plan in Ghana.