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Title:The context of development: an analysis of the environmental linkages of the Ghana-Guelph project
Author:Delage, P.B.ISNI
Periodical:The African Review: A Journal of African Politics, Development and International Affairs
Geographic terms:Ghana
Subjects:development cooperation
educational cooperation
Abstract:The maturity and success of international development projects depend in part on the wider environment in which they are nurtured. This paper examines the set of environmental linkages that was associated with the implementation of the Ghana-Guelph Project. Initiated in 1970 and funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, the Ghana-Guelph Project entailed the provision of technical assistance by the University of Guelph, Canada, to upgrade the teaching, research, and extension capabilities of five departments in the faculties of Agriculture and Science at the University of Ghana. The article demonstrates that the Ghana-Guelph Project was adequately anchored in the immediate and wider society around it through its diverse environmental linkages. By examining the enabling, functional, normative, and diffused linkages, it is shown that the Project generated adequate financial and material resources, cultivated appropriate relationships, utilized available resources, and produced acceptable and desirable outputs for the wider society. In turn, individuals, groups, and organizations which benefited from the Project's outputs reciprocated by providing both material and moral support for the Project. The Project was thus sustained and legitimized by its environment. Notes, ref.