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By Thomas Yarrow

Is 'development' the reply for confident social switch or a cynical western procedure for perpetuating inequality? relocating past an more and more entrenched debate concerning the function of NGOs, this e-book finds the practices and social family members during which rules of improvement are concretely enacted.

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Frustrated with Ghanaian politics, Mawuli decided to continue his education, earlier curtailed by the pursuit of a political vision. A scholarship allowed him to move to the UK to undertake a Master’s. In Ghana, the socialist movement continued to unravel, so that when the scholarship funding ran out, he stayed on, working in a number of menial jobs in order to make ends meet, and continuing his struggle for the socialist principles he believed in. ’ A number of those he had known through political activism in Ghana were in exile in the UK.

State power engagement is a lot more risky. ’ During the 1980s, NGOs began to proliferate across Africa, in part as a response to changing donor policy. 10 In Ghana, the first professionally staffed national NGOs were set up with the aim of providing various kinds of ‘service’, including the provision of water, sanitation, health and educational facilities, to impoverished communities. Many of these organizations were founded by those who had been active in the Young Catholic Movement. 1) was one of these and explains the rationale that led him and other leaders of the Young Catholic Movement to set up NGOs in this period: When we were youth leaders or student leaders there was a lot we said, a lot of noise we made about options for the poor.

Kwesi (Chapter 2), a prominent member of the NDM, similarly describes the personal and ideological overlap between these groups: We had all worked in the regime at different times and at different levels and I’m sure, you know, we even had a certain overlap of views. We were not all coming out of a Catholic humanist tradition but we actually collaborated. While ideological differences led to fierce disputes, members of these various organizations shared recognition of the need for change along broadly socialist principles.

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