Tuesday, July 2, 2013

EDITORIAL: DEVELOPMENT, PLANNING AND POLITICS IN GHANA

When I first sort to promote knowledge sharing on development and poverty, I initially distanced my development thinking away from drawing direct relationships between development, planning and politics. Nonetheless, the nexus between planning and politics were implicit in my publications.

For most part of such reservations, the fundamental question has always been whether planning was actually worth it when the “planner plans while the politician disposes?” Indeed such was my subtle frustration with the political processes that affect planning activities. I do not mean to suggest that politics has no place in promoting development and reducing poverty – far from that. Neither do I also suggest that planning if faced with challenges should remain aloof; subject to inaction to the whims and caprices of politics. Such questioning was aimed at finding an understanding to mitigate the challenges of political estrangement of development and planning processes. My initial focus encompassed planning concepts of development and planning; social, economic, environmental, sustainability, and the likes. Now I see politics as an inevitable discussion.