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Title:The political economy of pro-poor development: the case of Ghana's poverty reduction strategies
Author:Aidoo, Kojo Opoku
Year:2009
Periodical:Research Review (ISSN 0855-4412)
Volume:25
Issue:1
Pages:25-42
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Subjects:poverty reduction
economic policy
Economics, Commerce
economic development
Poverty--Government policy
Ghana--Economic conditions
Ghana--Economic policy
Abstract:This paper interrogates the pro-poor growth concept as a new global development construction using Ghana as a case study. It analyses the efficacy of the Ghanese government's policy interventions regarding poverty alleviation and livelihood empowerment, namely the Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategies (GPRS) - from 2004 to 2009 - and Livelihoods Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP). It argues that, to attain pro-poor growth, not only sustainable growth, but human rights and social inclusion must be at the heart of all development policies. Poor people must be engaged in the development processes which affect their lives. The paper concludes that pro-poor development cannot be accomplished in conditions of mass estrangement, of lack of accountability, participation, and transparency. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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