Research Papers/Topics in Development Studies

Addressing The Incidence Of In-School Adolescent Pregnancy In The Tolon District Of The Northern Region Of Ghana

REPORT SUMMARY The main purpose of this project was to address the incidence of in-school adolescent pregnancy among students in the Tolon District of the Northern Region of Ghana. The project adopted the Action Research Design to achieve its goals and objectives. The purposive sampling strategy was employed to select 60 participants from five selected communities in the District to respond to pre-intervention questions and discussions. Based on the findings, key intervention strate...

Institutions, Politics And Land Administration In The Ga State In Ghana

ABSTRACT Decades of rapidly growing urban population, the growth of a business and middle class with money to invest, and an expanding private sector with large investment capital and the ability and willingness to pay high prices for property have resulted in rapid commoditisation of land in the Ga State. Concomitant with these are highly insecure land ownership, land litigation and conflict, poor land use planning and enforcement of land laws. Investigating the processes by which communal a...

Assessing The Socio-Economic Contribution Of International Students On Two Selected Universities In Kampala Uganda

Abstract This study aimed at assessing the socio-economic impact of international students on Ugandan universities and there after using the information gathered to propose ways of how government ant other education providers can maximize the benefits from international students. The study was premised on mixed methods strategies with more inclination towards qualitative strategies. The research sample composed of 54 respondents of which 34 were female and 20 were male these were sele...

A People Trapped In Narratives And Memories: Facing Pacification In The Great Lakes Region Of Africa A Focus On Eastern Democratic Republic Of The Congo

ABSTRACT Conflict has persisted in the Great Lakes region of Africa since time immemorial, yet the challenges of a peaceful coexistence in this region continue to manifest themselves in an even escalating manner. Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, in a particular way, has experienced a vicious circle of tragedy and victimhood, from unlived memories, through constructed memories and narratives, to lived narratives and memories. Hence, people in this part of the DRC find themsel...

Traditional African Collective Actions For Community Development: A Search Into The Internal And External Factors That Arouse Collective Synergies For Sustainable Grassroots Development In Ka

Abstract Since the beginning of the new millennium, there are concerns about the wild spread poverty, underdevelopment and conflict especially in Africa. African governments, donors and development scholars have keenly paid attention to adopting and in some instances attempted to revamp traditional approaches as strategy for enhancing civic participation in development management and democratic processes at the grassroots level. However, despite such synergies not much is evident on the...

The New Performance Appraisal Scheme And Employee Performance In Local Governments In Uganda. Case Study: Arua Municipal Council Local Government.

ABSTRACT The topic of this research was “The New Performance Appraisal Scheme (NPAS) and Employee Performance in Local Governments in Uganda, A Case Study of Arua Municipal Council Local Government. The overall objective was to examine how the New Performance Appraisal Scheme is being used to improve employee performance in Arua Municipal Council Local Government. The specific objectives were; to analyse how the NPAS is being used as a tool to motivate staff in Arua Municipal Council...

Assessment Of Park Resource Use By Local Communities As An Incentive Strategy For Natural Resources Conservation In Protected Areas: The Case Of Rwenzori Mountains National Park Adjacent Comm

ABSTRACT Assessment of park resource use by local communities as an incentive strategy for natural resources conservation in protected areas was carried out in communities adjacent to Rwenzori Mountains National Park (RMNP). Since 2008, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) signed 14 Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) with local communities in 15 parishes around RMNP to access dry bamboo, firewood, medicinal plants and mushrooms. There was increased pressure from local communities for resour...

An Investigation Of Legal Aid’s Contribution To Quality Of Life Of People Living With And Affected By Hiv: The Case Of Uganet

Abstract The research was conducted to investigate the contribution of legal aid to the improvement of the conditions and quality of life of persons living with and affected by HIV. The study involved ten (10) legal aid beneficiaries who received legal aid from UGANET between 2008 and 2011. In addition to these, five (5) Local Council leaders from villages of the targeted beneficiaries were engaged in the study. Also targeted by the study were four (4) legal officers from UGANET. The re...

Deepening Democracy In Local Governance: Factors Affecting The District Civil Society Network In Strengthening Civic Participation In Luwero – Uganda

Abstract The study sought to examine the factors affecting District Civil Society Networks (DCSNs) in facilitating citizens’ participation and engagement to deepen local democracy in Luweero District. The study intended to establish reasons why local democracy is not entrenched despite the DCSNs’ efforts to promote civic participation through civic engagement, interface with the state institutions, empowerment and human rights advocacy. It also focused on DCSNs’ roles, challenges ...

The Governor and the Governed: Enhancing Participation in Ghana's Local Government System in the Bawku West District Assembly

ABSTRACT  Establishing a governance system that would afford a people the greatest opportunity to meet their hopes and aspirations and allay their fears of the dangers of governance or the absence of a system of governance has always been the dream of nations the world over and throughout all stages of human civilization.  Consequently, nations have adopted various forms of systems of governance at different stages of their nationhood both at the national and local levels in t...

Teenage Pregnancy And Educational Progression Of The Girl Child: A Study Of The Tamale Metropolis, Ghana.

ABSTRACT Teenage pregnancy has always been a major setback to the overall development of the girl child in every single community of the Ghanaian society. This study looked at how teenage pregnancy is hindering the educational progression of the girl child in selected communities of the Tamale metropolis of Ghana. The study employed mixed methods – qualitative and quantitative techniques in addressing the research questions. The major data collection instruments that were utilized incl...

Entrepreneurship And Poverty Reduction: The Case Of The Youth In Small-Scale Mining In Ghana.

ABSTRACTRural livelihoods have been increasingly moving away from agrarian to non-agrarian. For mineral rich countries, attention has been on mineral extraction which has offered numerous entrepreneurial opportunities. The small-scale mining sector, compared to the large-scale sector, is particularly important as it offers several more opportunities for employment of the youth. The youth, who are affected by contracting public sector, turn to small-scale mining which is labour intensive. The ...

Empowering Returnee Migrants: The Case Of “Kayayei” In The Kubori Community Of The Mamprugu Moaduri District Of Ghana

ABSTRACTThis project employed an action research design focused on the pre-intervention, intervention and post intervention processes to empower 20 returnee migrants (Kayayei) in the Kubori community. Specifically, the project sought to identify the reasons for out migration and the challenges that the migrants faced, reorient the returnee migrants to identify potentials in the communities and to build their capacities in the communities on skill development, as well as measure the effect of ...

Assessing The Quality Of Household Harvested Rainwater In The Assin South District Of The Central Region Of Ghana

ABSTRACT Water is vital to human existent and human well-being. The availability of adequate standard, clean, safe and secured water source has been and would always be a major concern. Human access to adequate safe and secured fresh water is limited, yet crucial for the survival of livelihood and healthy living. Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) through the roof catchment is an important domestic water source. The RWH system consists of the capture, transporting pipes, storage and utilizat...

Agricultural Extension Services And Farmer Innovations: The Case Of The Garu Presbyterian Agricultural Station

ABSTRACT The critical role of agriculture to the Ghanaian economy cannot be over emphasized. It has thus been the objective of governments to improve and develop the productive capacity of agriculture. Agricultural extension has been responsible for supporting farmers to raise their production capacity. Over the last two decades the effectiveness of agricultural extension to achieve its goal has been called to question. The significance of local innovation potential for sustainable ...


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