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
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
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
...“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
Fun NYT story about Isaac Osei, a taxi fleet owner in New York, who is also a chief in the Eastern Region in Ghana - ends with two great quotes from his wife“They spoil you,” Ms. Osei said of her husband’s staff members in Ghana. “When you get to J.F.K., they don’t pick up your … Continue reading Juggling dual lives
Road safety is serious business here in Ghana. But just like back home, nobody really cares about wearing a helmet - ever. Me myself - I didn't wear a bike helmet in Accra. But I have decided to change...and while at it, start a Helmet campaign. Ideas welcome!
I wrote this post just after I got here***Today, I complete three weeks in Ghana - everything has been smooth and pleasant so far. In many ways, settling in has been easy and I am starting to believe that approaching a change of location as emotionless-ly as possible works! Neutralise expectations from people you are likely … Continue reading Moving on from Ghana…