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International Journal of Political Science and Development Vol. 1(1), pp. 831, August, 2013. DOI: 10.14662/IJPSD2013.003. ISSN: 2360-784X 2013 Academic Research Journals

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Testing conflict sensitivity of development projects in Ghana an evaluation of two projects in Ejisu-juaben district, Ashanti Region


Sheka Bangura


Development Assistance Coordination Office, 13 Bath Street, Brook Fields Freetown, Sierra Leone.

E-mail. shekabangs@yahoo.co.uk


Accepted 20 August, 2013



There has been serious concern about the nexus between development assistance and conflicts in the recipient nations. Thus, donors have been rethinking their assistance packages to ensure a conflict sensitive response to the development needs of poor countries. This paper examined the level of conflict sensitivity of two development projects in Ejisu-Juaben District in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. A framework of indicators was developed to analyze the survey data. One project (a borehole construction) was found to be moderately sensitive to conflict while the other (a livestock development project) was found to be highly sensitive. The former suspended operations due to land conflict, a situation mainly attributable to a discovered policy weakness surrounding the operations of the District Water and Sanitation Projects. The continuity of the livestock development project suggested a remarkable integration of conflict management concepts into its operations.

Key words: Conflict sensitivity, development project, community, district.



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