Research Papers/Topics in African Studies

Cultural Assimilation Of Peki By Akwamu, A Historical Study (1730-1835)

ABSTRACTThis thesis is a study into the cultural impact Akwamu-an Akan sub group, had on Peki-an Ewe sub group.The study adopted the qualitative approach to collect data and interviews were conducted with informants. Archival data was also sourced. Secondary sources such as articles in Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana, unpublished theses as well as booksThe research traced the origin, settlement and growth of Peki. It did the same for Akwamu. The research went on to look at the...

Sustainability Of Nhis: The Role Of Social Capital And Service Care Providers In The Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly (Lekma)

ABSTRACTOver the years healthcare has been identified as a major area of concern amongthe general population in Ghana. For that matter various policies have been put in placeto respond to health needs, but to no avail. Using an explorative study within theLedzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly of Accra, the study sought to ascertain if anyelements of social capital could be relevant in the provision of quality healthcare inconjunction with future policies implemented in Ghana.Using a qualitative...

Female Traditional Rulership In A Patriarchal Society: A Case Study Of Nana Kofi Abuna V Of Essipon Traditional Area

ABSTRACTThe phenomenon of female chiefs although not new, is somewhat difficult to conceptualize in this predominantly patriarchal part of the world where traditions and taboos restrict women from such positions. This dissertation discusses female chieftaincy based on a case study of Nana Kofi Abuna V, of Essipon traditional area in the Western region of Ghana, looking at how her sex affects her roles and responsibilities as the ultimate ruler of the traditional area. The data used for the st...

The Role Of Traditional Institutions In The Management Of Natural Resources In The West Gonja Traditional Area

ABSTRACTOver the years Institutions have contributed in diverse ways in the management of natural resources. Little is known about the roles of traditional institutions in the management of natural resources. Because of the little knowledge about the roles traditional authorities play, management and sustainability of natural resources becomes a problem in West Gonja traditional area. The research is to find out how the roles and issues of traditional institutions could be mainstreamed ...

Assessing The Performance Of Sub-Municipal Structures In Ghana’s Decentralization Programme: A Case Of The Wa Municipality

ABSTRACT Decentralization is globally recognized as the way of ensuring community participation and local development. Many countries including Ghana have adopted decentralization and implemented the concept in different ways. In the Wa Municipality of the Upper West Region, though the Sub-Municipal structures in the decentralization process have been confronted with much challenges, there has been some remarkable performances. Therefore, the study sought to assess the performance ...

Starving The Dead, Our Idea Of Food: An Exposition Of Indigenous Food Science Among The Gonjas In The East Gonja District Of The Northern Region

ABSTRACT  ‘Starving the Dead’ is a critical theoretical revelation of indigenous people’s experiences, realities, rationality and interpretation of ‘food’ as a socio-spiritual construct that transcends the materialist meaning of food as ‘nutrition’. It has been necessitated by the criticisim rather than critique of indigenous (food) knowledge by modern science as primitive, superstitious, irrational and therefore ‘unscientific’. This power-based criticism has disru...

The Role Of Non Timber Forest Products To Rural Livelihoods In The Asutifi North District Of The Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana

ABSTRACT The study sought to assess ‘The role of Non- Timber Forest Products to rural livelihoods in the Asutifi North district of the Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana. The two broad types of data, the secondary and primary data were used in the study. Questionnaires, Observation and In-depth Interview were used to collect the data. It was found out that; gathering, processing and marketing of NTFPs are major livelihood activities engaged by most residents in the District, contributing to hou...

Youth Participation In Agriculture In The Wa West District Of Ghana: Benefits, Challenges And Prospects

ABSTRACT Successful and sustainable agriculture mainly depend on people’s participation, particularly the involvement of the most active and creative section of the population such as the youth. Nevertheless, issues relating to the youth and agriculture still remain largely unknown, especially in the Wa West District of Ghana. This study examined, inter alia, the benefits, challenges and prospects of youth participation in agriculture in the Wa West District by the application of the t...

The Role Of Income Generating Activities On The Socioeconomic Empowerment Of Women In Krachi West District

ABSTRACT The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a global blueprint for member countries including Ghana to translate the shared vision of sustainable development goals (SDGs) into national development plans and strategies. Over the past decades, Income Generating Activities (IGA) is increasingly used as a tool for poverty alleviation and livelihood empowerment. IGA therefore, plays a critical role towards the attainment of SDG in general and specifically the SDG4 agend...

The Role Of Presbyterian Farmers’ Training And Child Development Programme In Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment In The East Gonja District Of Northern Region

ABSTRACT Rural women face several constraints as they seek economic empowerment for themselves and their families.  Around the globe, countless NGOs and institutions have supported rural women’s economic empowerment. Development projects take place amidst a context of structural constraints but the same structure also allows women to assert their agency, whether overly or covertly. As a result, this thesis examines the role of PFT/CDP in the economic empowerment of rural women in ...

Sustaining Higher Education In Ghana: The Role Of The Students Loan Scheme

ABSTRACT Higher education plays an important role in reducing poverty, inequality and facilitating sustainable economic growth and development. However, despite its relevance to national development, it comes with an enormous expenditure and challenges that most governments in both developed and developing countries continuously attempt to resolve. Students loan as a form of cost sharing element and funding mechanism has been introduced in most countries such as Australia, Kenya, Uganda ...

Women’s Education And Career Development In The Tamale Metropolitan Area, Ghana

ABSTRACTWomen’s education is a subject of growing national and international interest due to its role in social and economic development. The main aim of this study has been to examine how women’s education aids in the development of their career. Using a descriptive study design, data was gathered from both primary and secondary sources. A total of 140 women were interviewed for the main analyses while 316 women and men were also profiled from five (5) selected institutions/employment se...

School Feeding Programme And Its Effect On Enrolment, Attendance And Retention In The Kasena Nankana West District, Ghana

ABSTRACTThe study examined the effects of School Feeding Programme on enrollment, attendance and retention of pupils in beneficiary schools in the Kasena Nankana West District of the Upper East Region of Ghana. It also looked at the institutional and stakeholder’s support system for the programme and the policy support for the sustainabilityof the School Feeding Programme. Kasena Nankana West District which had the lowest pupils’ enrolment, attendance and retention rates had been a benefi...

Transcending Boundaries: Options And Prospects For Interfacing Living Library Traditions And Academic Library Systems

ABSTRACT Knowledge production is pivotal to the growth and development of people. As society has evolved so have knowledge production systems. Traditionally, ethnic communities have preserved and transmitted knowledge generated from their beliefs, institutions and customs from one generation to another. With the introduction of Western systems, such communities have also participated in the formalized knowledge system preserved and transmitted through formal institutions of learning...

Rural Electrification And The Shea Industry In The Bongo District Of Ghana

ABSTRACT This study ties access to rural electrification (RE) services with productivity and rural industrialization in Ghana. The benefit of grid-electricity is pivotal to rural economic growth. The increasing recognition of RE as a source of sustainable energy for agro processing and MSE activities translates into productive use beyond lighting. This variance is embedded in the fact that RE access is woefully inadequate for productive activities among MSEs and agro-processing indu...


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