Batch 2013

Hamdiyah Alhassan

Mrs. Hamdiyah Alhassan holds an MPhil. in Economics from the University of Ghana. She also holds a BSc. in Civil Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana.


Environmental sanitation is not only  a big issue in the world today but a growing one in most urban centers especially in developing countries and Ghana is no exception. This is as a result of increases in the number of people living in urban centers coupled with rising per capita incomes which have led to rising per capita generation of wastes and increasing levels of improperly-disposed wastes. To make matters worse, the municipal authorities in Ghana do not seem to have the required equipment and expertise for effective waste and sanitation management. Improper environmental sanitation management has created several problems for the society as a whole. These problems include the extensive visual pollution of the environment, blockage of drains and gutters leading to severe flooding especially during the rainy seasons and the recurring outbreaks of diseases such as cholera, malaria and typhoid. The environmental sanitation management problem is a serious one which needs prompt action if Ghana is to achieve its targets scheduled for 2015 under the United Nations Millennium Development Goals established in 2000.   It has become necessary for households and firms to pay some money for the collection of solid wastes they generate to help service providers to do an efficient job. This study proposes to use the contingent valuation method and the choice modeling method to assess householders’ preferences and willingness to pay for improved waste services.