Summary of Project:
Undoubtedly, Higher Learning Institutions (HLIs) have a crucial role to play in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). They can do so by stepping up their roles as agents of innovation and reforms by conducting policy-based research. With this view in mind, the Institute of Professional Studies (IPS), Ghana, in collaboration with the University of Calabar, Nigeria, and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana, seek to undertake a project that will produce policy briefs on natural resource management and poverty reduction as well as help the partner universities to design innovative courses in natural resource management.

The project is underpinned by a conceptual framework built on a tridal-relationship between nature, power and wealth. The project argues that natural resources when managed well can lead to poverty reduction given the fact that more than 7 in 10 poor people in Ghana depend on nature for their livelihood. In view of the arguments adduced above, the project will have a direct bearing on poverty reduction and environmental sustainability (MDGs 1 and 7) as well as highlight the role of HLIs as agents of reforms and innovation.
The project shall have two components: Research and Training aimed at enhancing natural resource management through the empowerment of traditional leaders to reduce poverty. The study will focus on land use by traditional leaders in the recently discovered oil and gas region in Ghana for several reasons including the fact that the chiefs in this area are rushing to sell lands which we think is not the best approach to land use as far as the marginalized/poor are concerned. The research component of this project therefore will be centred on testing the hypothesis that outright sale of community land by traditional leaders may not be the best use of it. Based on the outcome of the research, the project shall provide a framework for managing natural resources by traditional leaders.
Lead Institution: Institute of Professional Studies (IPS) Ghana.
Project Manager: Prof. Joshua Alabi (MSc. International, Marketing, MSc. Industrial Economics, MCIMG, AMRS)
More about this Project, Progress report and other communication.
Progress Report - Six Months report August 2010-January 2011



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