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

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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: September 2015

Abstract

Through an analysis of Ghana's HIPC Fund which was established as part of the PRSP process, this article shows how aid‐financed efforts to reduce regional inequality in Ghana have failed. Dominant political elites agreed to policies reducing regional inequality in order to have access to aid funding but, once approved, these funds were allocated on quite different criteria in ways that marginalised the poorest. This analysis reinforces the growing recognition that developmental outcomes in most poor countries are shaped not 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 grasp this important lesson fully, 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 (September 2015). Development Policy Review, Vol. 33, Issue 5, pp. 529-553, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2639416 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12124

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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