Development programmes are embedded in socio-cultural, economic and political contexts. In this this seminar, we will attempt to untangle how these processes have shaped the development aspirations of Ghana. Elites in the anti-colonial struggles had ambitious development hopes. But they also had ‘vague’ political projects. They offered competing visions of local development that were at once linked to geopolitics, especially of the Cold War. Subsequently, the promise of independence and development turned into despair. Several military interruptions eventually gave way to democratic transition and Ghana now passes as a good example of democratic experiments in Africa. Still, the neo-liberal economic project is frequently contested and the political system is constantly confronted by neo-traditional socio-political institutions. Are there any peculiar features of Ghana’s development project vis-à-vis sub-Saharan Africa?
Note: English Language instructed seminar with both English and German readings materials


Matthew Sabbi