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Regionalism and Public Policy in Northern Ghana


Yakubu Saaka

Arguably the most marginalized of all the regions of Ghana, Northern Ghana, while accounting for only 20% of the national population, is home to over 80% of the poorest tenth of that population. Its main contribution to the national economy is unskilled labor. The critical essays assembled in this collection explain how the region acquired this status and why its underdevelopment persists. The contributors trace the genesis of this unfortunate situation in the North to the pattern of neglect set by policymakers in the early colonial period.
Contents: Yakubu Saaka: Introduction – Raymond B. Bening: Administrative Boundaries of Northern Ghana, 1898-1951 – Benedict G. Der: The Traditional Political Systems of Northern Ghana Reconsidered – Albert K. Awedoba: Matrimonial Prestations Among the Kasena of Navrongo – Albert K. Awedoba: Kusasi Matrimonial Prestations and Exploitation: The Major Moreton Legacy – Benedict G. Der: Christian Missions and the Expansion of Western Education in Northern Ghana, 1906-1975 – Yakubu Saaka: North-South Relations and the Colonial Enterprise in Ghana – Jacob Songsore: The Decline of Rural Commons in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Upper West Region of Ghana – S. B. Kendie /A. M. Abane: User Committees and Sustainable Development of Drinking Water Services in Rural Northern Ghana – Jacob Songsore: The Economic Recovery Program/Structural Adjustment Program; Its Likely Impact on the «Distant» Rural Poor in Northern Ghana – Jacob Songsore/Aloysius Denkabe/Charles D. Jebuni/Steven Ayidiya: Challenges of Education in Northern Ghana: A Case for Northern Ghana Education Trust Fund (NETFUND).