An important transfer of power in Ghana

Ghana has been different from many of its contemporary African nations especially in terms of its ability to see through peaceful transitions of power since 1992. Often, the credit for this is given to former President JJ Rawlings, who after being responsible for two military coups (1979, 1981), stood for democratic elections in 1992, and … Continue reading An important transfer of power in Ghana

On Alternative Dispute Resolution in Ghana

From the ever-interesting Africa Power and Politics Programme, through the latest working paper by Prof Richard CrookIn spite of its current limitations, the record of the Court-connected ADR programme therefore confirms the crucial role of the state in organising and sustaining a genuinely informal, popular and accessible form of dispute resolution....The ability to give ADR … Continue reading On Alternative Dispute Resolution in Ghana

Land tenure: Sierra Leone and Ghana

Two stories: First, from Sierra Leone, by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson on how chieftancy rules and uncertain property rights depress long-term investments in agricultureOnly economic institutions that guarantee some degree of property rights, so that people know that they will be able to reap the benefits of their investments and efforts, will generate prosperity. But … Continue reading Land tenure: Sierra Leone and Ghana

Lant Pritchett on CCTs for education

...“seeing” that teachers should be more accountable for a quality of schooling experience that would retain students however requires seeing what even a child can see, but which the state has no interest in seeing, and hence no capability to see. Holding powerful teachers accountable, while cost-saving and learning increasing, is politically difficult. Even giving poor people … Continue reading Lant Pritchett on CCTs for education