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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 . . .
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Page Count: 178
Publication Year: 2011