Thursday, August 8, 2013

POLITICS AND DEVELOPMENT CONTESTATIONS: A PERSPECTIVE OF POLITICS IN GHANA

Background
Politics shapes the various aspects of Ghanaian societies from which ever viewpoint and operational level one may come from. From the social arena where individuals see politicians as social capital to the economic where business perceive political lineage either as a foe or an ally. It is really interesting the dilemma that exists when it comes to politics in the development discourse of Ghana. Interestingly this is not unique to Ghana alone but many developing countries.

Since independence in 1957, when Ghana was touted as an emerging limelight for Africa’s renaissance, one will think that over 50 years of national independence, development strides would be staggering. Unfortunately, this is not the case. There is now a common saying that Ghana seems to be first in almost everything, related to development, on the continent. Yet sustaining this momentum has yielded to the caprices and parochial struggles for power. National development has been in abeyance for partisan interests and philosophies. As of today, the nation Ghana has no national development identity. Development interventions are more congenial to partisan interests and populism whiles structural transformation in national issues, development aspirations and human development linger saliently in workshops, researches, and advocacy actions

This short paper will examine in brief the political arena in Ghana and move on to discuss the political dilemmas leading to this past month (July 2013), and the critical roles politics ought to play but is missing in the development and planning processes of Ghana.