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Voices from Below and from Within: Institutions and Resource Management in Coastal Ghana

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dc.contributor.author Soeftestad, Lars T.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-26T19:13:35Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-26T19:13:35Z
dc.date.issued 1997 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8044
dc.description.abstract "With reference to resource management, the two interrelated issues of tenurial arrangements and the social organization of production are of overriding importance. It is crucial to understand these issues in detail in connection with implementing work along the lines of both poverty alleviation and sustainable development. The call for sustainability is useful specifically in that it emphasizes close scrutiny of the factors that make development and poverty alleviation interventions more likely to succeed. An 'enabling environment' refers, in part, to a situation where people are motivated to participate because they identify individually and collectively with an enterprise, whether it be part of traditional culture or planned development activities. Therefore, creating an enabling environment requires increased emphasis on 'localizing' development to the extent that it makes possible meaningful local participation and communal development. The impact of national policies and policies at the local level depends largely on the effectiveness, efficiency and outreach of the national government. Given the variability of governments' presence at the local level, centrally initiated government interventions on CPR management institutions are likely to have different effects and interact differently with institutions, NGOs and community groups. Based upon field work in Ghana, the paper examines the interaction between government and local-level planning on the one hand, and the modern and traditional spheres on the other hand, in the context of coastal resources management. The emphasis will be on constraints and incentives operating on the macro and micro levels, as well as the interaction between them, resulting in the mode in which local systems adapt to various macro-level interventions. Topics discussed include: NGOs, traditional knowledge, local institutions, conflict resolution and design of property rights systems." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject coastal resources en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject NGOs en_US
dc.subject local knowledge en_US
dc.subject indigenous institutions en_US
dc.subject property rights en_US
dc.subject conflict resolution en_US
dc.subject World Bank en_US
dc.title Voices from Below and from Within: Institutions and Resource Management in Coastal Ghana en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country Ghana en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Voices from the Commons, the Sixth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates June 5-8 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Berkeley, CA en_US

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