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Title:Commentary: the role of democracy in the creation of an enabling environment for nonprofit organizations in the US and Ghana
Author:Abdul-Korah, Gariba B.ISNI
Periodical:African Geographical Review (ISSN 1937-6812)
Geographic terms:Ghana
United States
legal status
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/19376812.2014.929972
Abstract:Available evidence suggests that in many countries around the world including the US and Ghana, governments have and continue to place restrictions on the activities of nonprofit and civil society organizations - by determining the kinds of activities that they can or cannot engage in. These restrictions tend to place limitations on the legal/enabling environment in which nonprofit organizations operate. The aim of this paper is to offer a commentary on the role of 'democracy' in the creation of an enabling environment for nonprofit organizations in the US and Ghana. The United States and Ghana are both democracies but unlike the US which has a very long history (over 200 years) of democracy, Ghana's democratic dispensation is still nascent, only about 43 years - considering several military interventions in Ghana's politics since independence in 1957. Based on over 10 years' experience in the nonprofit sector in both the US and Ghana, the paper interrogates why nonprofit organizations in the US are seemingly performing much better in their operations than their counterparts in Ghana, and the extent to which the level of democracy, pluralism, efficiency, corruption, and lack of quality human resources accounts for the differences. Bibliogr., notes., ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]