Sunday, July 25, 2010

SO WHY DEVELOPMENT-INDUCED IMPOVERISHMENT?

Mahatma Gandhi - "The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone's greed". Greedy people cause other people to be poor or poorer through exploitation and corrupt practices. In addition, they reduce the quality and quantity of development actions and the consequent benefits aimed at individuals and communities leaving them worse off or with weaker conditions to manage, mitigate and reduce risk and shocks 
 I have read on the causative factors of poverty and I have come to appreciate that the destination of several activities; whether actively or passively; have two consequences which are either negative or positive and at times both. And even though some actions may be consciously and continuous directed at promoting human welfare they rather worsen the situations of people.

For every individual there are conditions that help in reducing, mitigating and/or coping with risks that may render them vulnerable to improving their wellbeing be it physically, socially, economically and/or politically. All of which affects man’s survival.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

THE CONCEPTION OF NETWORK ON DEVELOPMENT INDUCED IMPOVERISHMENT


One aspect of the development and planning profession that has not been critically integrated into the development agenda in Ghana is the advocacy on development planning issues and best practices. This realisation is profound not only among the illiterate population of the country but also among the elite society of the country. Ironically, the professionals in this field have the erroneous perception about increase advocacy on best practices on development for fear of loosing contracts from the market. Notwithstanding this perception which most professionals would vehemently deny, the transition of trained professionals in development into other sectors of the country; because of the human resource development, project management and systematic and analytical capabilities of these individuals; has been a contributing factor. Coupled with the political challenges to planning solutions to developmental problems in the country which undermines the abilities of planners in their effort to reduce poverty in Ghana, it is imperative for effective advocacy on development and planning to put politicians and other decision makers on their toes.