Re-thinking Development in Africa
An Oral History Approach from Botoku, Rural Ghana
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: African Books Collective
About the Author
Chapter 1. Introduction
This book uses oral history to examine the concept of development, and the way the citizens of one particular rural Ghanaian community, Botoku, sought to . . .
Chapter 2. Better Understanding Botoku and My Connection to It
Set in a valley and surrounded by a range of hills, Botoku is bordered by the Volta Lake in the west, the River Dayi in the east and neighboring villages of . . .
Chapter 3. My Approach to the Research
There are two main things I wish to cover in this chapter, and will illustrate these by recounting some of the main challenges and opportunities I encountered in trying . . .
Chapter 4. From Migration to Settlement
According to oral tradition, the people of present day Botoku, like those of all other Ewes, appear to have evolved, or at least once lived, somewhere in the Nile Valley, . . .
Chapter 5. From Road Building in the 1930s to Middle School in the 50’s
This chapter describes the origin, planning, and the process of implementing two of the early community infrastructure projects; some of my main interests in . . .
Chapter 6. Water Hand Pumps, Health Clinic, Electrification and Fiasa (chief’s ‘palace’) from 1970s to 2000s
In this chapter, I build on the story of the road and middle school projects discussed in the previous chapter, by examining four other discrete community . . .
Chapter 7. Culture as a Two-Edged Sword
For Botoku people, development was not just about physical infrastructure projects as in roads, schools, markets and clinics. Development was also about the . . .
Chapter 8. Making a Living through Economic Participation
An important and obvious dimension of development is the ability to make a living through meaningful participation in economic activity. As noted throughout . . .
Chapter 9. An Ancestral Home or Place to Connect
For the Botoku people, the quest for a better future through development was also about having an ancestral home or a place to connect or relate with. As already . . .
Chapter 10. An Integrated Model of Development
The purpose of this chapter, the last substantive, is to bring together the various findings of the oral history research as a whole, as presented in the different . . .
Chapter 11. Conclusion
In this concluding chapter, I return to the questions posed at the beginning of this book: what at all is wrong with Africa and why is it that nothing good comes . . .
Page Count: 178
Publication Year: 2011
OCLC Number: 769101930
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