The Politics of Regional Inequality in Ghana: State Elites, Donors and PRSPs

ESID Working Paper No 41

32 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2014 Last revised: 11 Feb 2015

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Abdul‐Gafaru Abdulai

University of Ghana - Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management; University of Manchester - School of Environment, Education and Development

David Hulme

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM)

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Date Written: October 1, 2014

Abstract

Through an analysis of Ghana’s HIPC Fund, which was established as part of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) process, this paper shows how aid financed efforts to reduce regional inequality in Ghana have failed. Dominant political elites agreed to policies of regional inequality reduction to access aid funding, but, once approved, such funds were allocated on quite different criteria in ways that marginalised the poorest. Analyses here reinforce the growing recognition that developmental outcomes in most poor countries are not shaped so much by the design of 'good' policies per se, but more importantly by the power relationships within which policy-implementing institutions are embedded. Aid donors seem unable to fully grasp this important lesson, and so their capacity to contribute to reducing regional inequality remains limited.

Keywords: regional inequality, state elites, donors, PRSPs, Ghana

Suggested Citation

Abdulai, Abdul-Gafaru and Hulme, David, The Politics of Regional Inequality in Ghana: State Elites, Donors and PRSPs (October 1, 2014). ESID Working Paper No 41. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2519169 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2519169

Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai (Contact Author)

University of Ghana - Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management ( email )

Ghana

University of Manchester - School of Environment, Education and Development ( email )

Manchester
United Kingdom

David Hulme

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) ( email )

Manchester M13 9GH
United Kingdom

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