Tema Development Corporation

Tema Development Coroporation is a public entity tasked with the planning and development of the entire city of Tema, Ghana.[1] In conjunction with the State Housing Corporation it "develops and provides affordable housing to the public".[2] The corporation has been instrumental in developing the harbour area of Tema in particular, with modern housing.[3]


The Corporation was set up in 1952 with the sole aim to develop and manage the township of Tema.[4] In 1963, the Tema Development Corporation Act was passed.[5] In recent years the corporation has had much investment from Korea, including plans, as of 2013, to build a new stadium, an idea which proved unpopular with squatters.[6] The first chief executive officer of the Corporation was Theodore S. Clerk, the first Ghanaian architect and award-winning urban planner who served in the CEO position from 1963 after the enactment of the statute, until 1965.[7]


  1. ^ Report. Committee of Enquiry into Alleged Irregularities and Malpractices in the Affairs of the Tema Development Corporation, Ghana Pub. Corp. 1972.
  2. ^ Husain, Ishrat; Faruqee, Rashid (1 January 1994). Adjustment in Africa: Lessons from Country Case Studies. World Bank Publications. p. 187. ISBN 978-0-8213-2787-6.
  3. ^ Acquaah-Harrison, Richard (1 January 2004). Housing and Urban Development in Ghana: With Special Reference to Low-income Housing. UN-HABITAT. p. 27. ISBN 978-92-1-131701-5.
  4. ^ "The Tema Development Corporation example". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-05-28.
  5. ^ Justice, Ghana. Ministry of (1964). Memoranda on Acts of the Republic of Ghana. Ministry of Justice. p. 155.
  6. ^ Obeng-Odoom, Franklin (18 July 2013). Governance for Pro-Poor Urban Development: Lessons from Ghana. Routledge. p. 166. ISBN 978-1-135-05193-8.
  7. ^ Goold, David. "Dictionary of Scottish Architects - DSA Architect Biography Report (July 20, 2017, 2:46 am)". www.scottisharchitects.org.uk. Archived from the original on April 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017-07-20.