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Informing Grassroots Development: The 1994-1995 Peacebuilding Experience in Northern Ghana


  • Julie Kaye


Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) focused on poverty alleviation play a central role in responding to conflict situations and initiating peacebuilding activities. Following the 1994-1995 conflict in Northern Ghana, development NGOs coordinated a largely effective grassroots peacebuilding effort. However, insights gained from peacebuilding activities have not informed ongoing development efforts, which continue to propose 'top-down' strategies. By examining the strengths and limitations of the peace process in Ghana, this article suggests development NGOs apply the grassroots strategies they used for peacebuilding to their ongoing development activities. This analysis is based on data drawn from archival research as well as field interviews with 21 representatives of the state and NGOs, and community and religious leaders.

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  • Julie Kaye, 2011. "Informing Grassroots Development: The 1994-1995 Peacebuilding Experience in Northern Ghana," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(3), pages 417-435.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:47:y:2011:i:3:p:417-435
    DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2010.506921

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    1. Paul Collier & V. L. Elliott & HÃ¥vard Hegre & Anke Hoeffler & Marta Reynal-Querol & Nicholas Sambanis, 2003. "Breaking the Conflict Trap : Civil War and Development Policy," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 13938.
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