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Perceptions of program volunteers: Civic Participation towards Community Development: A case study of The Hunger Project-Ghana

Owusu Afriyie, Priscilla LU (2016) SGED10 20161
Department of Human Geography
Human Ecology
Abstract
The notions of civil society and participatory development have been increasingly incorporated in the contemporary development agenda. Increased citizenry participation is viewed to enhance individuals’ abilities to influence decision-making. The international development agencies reason that a shared ownership is the path towards sustainable development. However, the promised impact of increasing role of civil society and shared ownership raises also concerns among scholars, who argue that civil society is being manufactured to sustain the neoliberal vision of civil society and social action. In this thesis it is argued that the voices of participants are missing in the ongoing debate. Through a qualitative research based on observations... (More)
The notions of civil society and participatory development have been increasingly incorporated in the contemporary development agenda. Increased citizenry participation is viewed to enhance individuals’ abilities to influence decision-making. The international development agencies reason that a shared ownership is the path towards sustainable development. However, the promised impact of increasing role of civil society and shared ownership raises also concerns among scholars, who argue that civil society is being manufactured to sustain the neoliberal vision of civil society and social action. In this thesis it is argued that the voices of participants are missing in the ongoing debate. Through a qualitative research based on observations and interviews, the aim is to provide an additional insight by adding the perspectives of program participants. This case study of The Hunger Project-Ghana is an exploratory study of this community development program. Findings indicate that participatory practices have improved community development and empowered participants. Furthermore, increased service delivery through access to health care and community banks has enhanced the socio-economic livelihoods opportunities for locals. Nonetheless, the practice of participation has multiple implications and outcomes. Findings indicate that dynamics of empowerment and new responsibilities are emerging simultaneously thereby shaping the developmental outcomes. (Less)
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Owusu Afriyie, Priscilla LU
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SGED10 20161
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Civic Participation, Participatory development, Civil society, NGOs, THP-Ghana
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English
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8874040
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  abstract     = {The notions of civil society and participatory development have been increasingly incorporated in the contemporary development agenda. Increased citizenry participation is viewed to enhance individuals’ abilities to influence decision-making. The international development agencies reason that a shared ownership is the path towards sustainable development. However, the promised impact of increasing role of civil society and shared ownership raises also concerns among scholars, who argue that civil society is being manufactured to sustain the neoliberal vision of civil society and social action. In this thesis it is argued that the voices of participants are missing in the ongoing debate. Through a qualitative research based on observations and interviews, the aim is to provide an additional insight by adding the perspectives of program participants. This case study of The Hunger Project-Ghana is an exploratory study of this community development program. Findings indicate that participatory practices have improved community development and empowered participants. Furthermore, increased service delivery through access to health care and community banks has enhanced the socio-economic livelihoods opportunities for locals. Nonetheless, the practice of participation has multiple implications and outcomes. Findings indicate that dynamics of empowerment and new responsibilities are emerging simultaneously thereby shaping the developmental outcomes.},
  author       = {Owusu Afriyie, Priscilla},
  keyword      = {Civic Participation,Participatory development,Civil society,NGOs,THP-Ghana},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Perceptions of program volunteers: Civic Participation towards Community Development: A case study of The Hunger Project-Ghana},
  year         = {2016},
}