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Managing Group Grievances and Internal Conflict:: Ghana Country Report

Tim Hughes
Copyright Date: Jun. 1, 2003
Published by: Clingendael Institute
Pages: 118
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  1. (pp. 4-4)

    This paper has been written within the framework of the research project ‘Managing Group Grievances and Internal Conflict’*, executed at the request of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project focuses on the process of, and motives for, (violent) group mobilisation and aims at the development of an analytical tool to assist policy-makers in designing conflict-sensitive development activities.

    In the course of the project, a preliminary assessment tool has been developed in cooperation with Dr. Michael Lund, and discussed with the researchers who carried out the assessment in four country cases: Ghana, Mozambique, Nicaragua and Sri Lanka. On the...

  2. (pp. 11-26)

    Ghana is characterised more by a condition of stable, if somewhat fragile and sometimes broken, peace than by conflict. This condition is dynamic however and the conditions that may give rise to violent conflict, both structural and contingent, are omnipresent. Whilst racially and nationally homogeneous, Ghana is an ethnically divided society that increasingly also exhibits sharp class and regional asymmetries. Additionally, Ghanaian society is a complex overlay of traditional and modern social, economic and political practices that makes both the identification of the drivers of conflict and their mediation and resolution challenging.

    Whilst Ghana has undergone a profound process of...

  3. (pp. 27-116)

    Ghana’s recent economic development has been both uneven and paradoxical. Uneven in that economic growth, whilst healthy in nominal terms, has been strongly geared to its export of minerals (largely gold) and cocoa. Robust GDP growth disguises a myriad of structural deficiencies within the Ghanaian economy, all of which present considerable challenges not only to the Kufuor government, but more broadly, social stability and, in turn, the potential for conflict. The paradox of the Ghanaian economic dynamic is that the economic crisis, which played a significant part in the result of the 2000 election, is likely to play the defining...