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Title:A Market and Community Development in West Africa
Authors:Nezic, TonyISNI
Kerr, William A.ISNI
Periodical:The Community Development Journal: An International Journal for Community Workers
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Subjects:community development
market women
Development and Technology
Labor and Employment
External link:http://cdj.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/31/1/1
Abstract:Traders, most of whom are women, spend long hours for a number of days a week in West African markets. These markets take on aspects of a community as market participants' concerns include social welfare issues - sanitation, shelter, child care - as well as issues relating to the commercial functioning of the market. This 'market community' contributes to the income and tax revenues of the wider community. The development priorities of these two communities may conflict, leading to a low level of social services at the market and a reduction in the market's economic contribution. This paper examines the dynamics of this conflict in the market town of Techiman, Brong-Ahafo region, Ghana. It shows that most traders have no real alternative to trading which means that they are likely to put up with the market conditions as they are. Hence, there are no obvious political losses arising from continued underdevelopment that would persuade the bureaucrats and government officials to undertake investments aimed at improving the welfare of traders. The reason why traders do not undertake the development investments themselves, lies in an absence of security of tenure, a lack of organizational capacity and insufficient funds. Bibliogr., note, sum.