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Title:Decentralized planning for pre-conflict and post-conflict management in the Bawku Municipal Assembly in Ghana
Authors:Aasoglenang, Thaddeus Arkum
Baataar, CuthbertISNI
Periodical:Ghana Journal of Development Studies (ISSN 0855-6768)
Geographic term:Ghana
conflict resolution
local government
development planning
Abstract:Decentralized governance in Ghana is aimed at promoting development, but this intention is marred to some extent by communal conflicts. This paper focuses on the case of Bawku Municipality. It examines the role of the Municipal Assembly in communal conflicts and how it endeavours to overcome these conflicts. Purposive and random sampling techniques were used to select institutions and respondents for interviews. The study reveals that the Assembly has not been able to implement its Development Plans due to continuing conflicts. The dynamics of conflict indicate that the feuding factions have maintained their opposing positions. Besides, the Assembly has never prepared any conflict management plan in order to address the recurrent conflicts. The study concludes that a collaborative approach, though difficult, is a better option for conflict management between feuding factions. The Assembly also needs to design conflict management strategies, strengthen the capacity of the Municipal Planning and Coordinating Unit, and adopt decentralized institutional arrangements for conflict monitoring and evaluation. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]