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Achieving the MDG's in Ghana: Rhetorics or Reality?
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering, Water Management.
2007 (English)In: ECOSYSTEMS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT VI, 2007, Vol. 106, 331-349 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The original meaning of the concept sustainability or sustainable development might in an altruistic way have referred to building societies based on a sound environmental practice. This paper shows that the structural adjustments programs (SAP), Poverty Reduction Strategies and the Millennium Development goals (MDG's) compel the Ghanian government to favour economic and fiscal sustainability. This neo-liberal policy has led to increasing inequalities, widening regional disparities, migration from rural areas to quickly grown up peri-urban areas basically within a huge informal sector, and unplanned capital formation and development at large, making claims to achieve the MDG's by 2015 illusory. A way forward for Ghana should be to gradually fence off from the world market and learn from the development efforts of the Kwame Nkrumah first independent government.

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2007. Vol. 106, 331-349 p.
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Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-81472DOI: 10.2495/ECO070321ISI: 000254475600032ScopusID: 2-s2.0-38849166658ISBN: 978-1-84564-088-0OAI: diva2:497515
6th International Conference on Ecosystems and Sustainable Development, Coimbra, PORTUGAL, SEP 05-07, 2007
QC 20120302Available from: 2012-02-10 Created: 2012-02-10 Last updated: 2012-03-02Bibliographically approved

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