Poldefia Defia

The Ghana Poverty Reduction Paper (2003-2005) Education and Development: A Case Study of Atiwa District

Project Leader(s): Rober Defia
Staff: Supervisors: Professor Barry Gills

My research is about the effectiveness of international development aid policy frameworks (hereafter, IDAPFs) – the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) initiative. It is intended as a contribution to the debate about whether the current participatory reform processes embedded in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) increased the measurable effectiveness of aid (hereafter, EOA) in two ways. First, the expansion of access to state basic education (SBE) as envisaged in the Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS I) education policies and priorities (EPPs). Second, the attainment of girls’ related targets (GRTs) within it.

Through an examination of the GPRS I experience, particularly from the perspective of its EPP geared towards the expansion of access to SBE, the achievement of GRTs within the EPP of the GPRS I, and implemented using decentralization policy reform (DPR), the overall aim of this thesis is to explore this concern within the broader context of the continuing debate on improving the EOA. This research has been framed within Liberal/neoliberal perspectives (hereafter, LNP). Methodologically, it was planned as a Summative Evaluation (SE) and designed as a mixed-methods sequential explanatory case study (MMSECS). It applies a case study approach and the context chosen for the study, is SBE in the district of Atiwa.