Youth Participation in local and national development in Ghana,1620-2013

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Journal of Pan African Studies
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Journal of Pan African Studies, 2013, 5 (9), pp. 129 - 150
Issue Date:
2013-01
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While there has been a long tradition in development studies on analyzing types of participation and their effectiveness, the idea that participation is not stationary, but that it can evolve with variegated experiences is relatively unexplored. This paper takes up the challenge of showing how participation in development planning can change, the role of underlying institutions, and the implications of evolutionary participatory development for policy making. It uses a critical postcolonial approach and focus on the role of the youth in development planning in Ghana. It knits together the diverse processes and dynamics of youth participation in postcolonial Ghana since the pre-colonial era, and teases out implications of these `participation moments, particularly, current moments, for national development in Ghana.
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