Key areas of goldcoast sustainability focus

  1. Gender and Women Empowerment

  2. Forest Fringe Communities, Livelihoods and Environmental Sustainability

  3. Urban Livelihoods and Informality


Gender and Women Empowerment

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Omission of Men from Gender-Development Theory and Praxis: A Pathway for Addressing the Plights of Women?

This paper draws attention to the outcomes of the omission of men from gender-based programmes for women in the developing.

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Empowering and shaping gender relations? Contesting the microfinance–gender empowerment discourse

This paper examines the role of microfinance in shaping gender relations and empowerment outcomes for women. One aim of advancing credit to women is to empower them, thereby increasing their bargaining power and challenging existing gender subordination. We caution against this view and instead show that the mainstream argument is much more complex than what the popular rhetoric preaches

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Do microfinance schemes shape gender relations in developing countries? Insights from a critical review of the literature

Micro-finance programs targeting women have become the central means of donor poverty alleviation strategies. In view of the renewed focus on post-millennium development goals (MDGs) poverty reduction strategies, there is the likelihood that donor agencies might increase funding in the next coming decades to support different initiatives. In this paper, we critically review the evidence of the nexus of microfinance and gender inequality in developing societie

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Forest fringe communinties, livelihoods and environmental sustainability

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Can post-2015 sustainable development goals survive neoliberalism? A critical examination of the sustainable development–neoliberalism nexus in developing countries

The paper discuss the relationship between neoliberal economic agenda and sustainable development. We do so by examining how neoliberal policies of privatisation, trade liberalisation and reduction in governments spending stand to affect the attainment of sustainable development ideals and their implications on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals

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Development for whom? Emerging donors and Africa's future

This paper examines the increasing partnership between emerging donors particularly China and African countries. We show that the near shift from Western development model to that of emerging donors (China) on the part of many African countries has yielded mutual benefits and at the same time demonstrating that the nature of some of these engagements portend dire consequences for Africa’s future

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Urban Livelihoods and Informality

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Is better to be a kayayei than to be unemployed: reflecting on the role of head portering in Ghana’s informal economy

This paper examines the contributions of the livelihoods of female migrants to local level development in Ghana. Based on qualitative research methods, the paper highlights that, despite the various hardships, female migrants contribute to local level development through market exchanges, taxes and service for the general population

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Fighting Poverty from the Street: Perspectives of Some Female Informal Sector Workers on Gendered Poverty and Livelihood Portfolios in Southern Ghana

This paper examines the everyday livelihoods of young women who find their economic activities in the urban informal economy of Ghana. It draws attention to the opportunities and challenges confronting the livelihoods of young women working as street hawkers in Ghana’s urban sector.

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