Development beyond Politics: Aid, Activism and NGOs in Ghana by Thomas Yarrow

By Thomas Yarrow

Is 'development' the reply for optimistic social swap or a cynical western technique for perpetuating inequality? relocating past an more and more entrenched debate in regards to the position of NGOs, this booklet unearths the practices and social relatives by which rules of improvement are concretely enacted.

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He explains: ‘Everybody got out by a certain point. ’ A number of former members of the JFM and NDM were imprisoned, while others were beaten and physically intimidated. During this period some gave up on activism altogether, seeing the pursuit of their social and political aspirations as a futile task in the political climate that prevailed. Non-governmental politics In 1989, the World Bank published Sub-Saharan Africa: From Crisis to Sustainable Growth (World Bank 1989), placing emphasis on the central role of ‘governance’ in achieving sustained development.

Lots of the people I knew through involvement in YCS at school were also on campus, so I also kept in touch with them. In 1984 I helped to set up the NGO CHD, where I was one of two coordinators paid to run the organization in the year after it was set up. That was an attempt by some like-minded people to try to put into practice the socialist principles we’d been talking about on campus. 1]. At National Service, I was also in charge of an urban development project, that later developed into one of the country’s largest national NGOs.

I am not going to take money from international donors The Politics of Charity 35 under a programme which I think is damned negative. I will take money which allows me to say what I can say. More generally, NGOs have used the donor resources that emerged in the 1990s to further a variety of social and political visions, sometimes at a direct tangent to donors’ own ideological orientations. Although many of those at the forefront of the Ghanaian NGO movement remain radically opposed to economic globalization along neo-liberal lines, they recognize the possibilities that media and technological globalization enable, specifically in terms of the development of a ‘global civil society’.

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