NGOs, spirituality and community development in Northern Ghana: Challenges and sustainability

Victor Selorme Gedzi, Daniel Anane Peprah and Evelyn Naa Kochoe Cofie
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Journal of African Political Economy and Development | ISSN 2518-847X | Volume 2 | December 2017

NGOs, spirituality and community development in Northern Ghana: Challenges and sustainability

Victor Selorme Gedzi, Daniel Anane Peprah and Evelyn Naa Kochoe Cofie

Department of Religious Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah,

University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

Email: vsgedzi.cass@knust.edu.gh

Abstract

The present study sought to identify barriers to sustainability as experienced by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), including the faith-based ones. The work was based on case reviews and case studies of NGOs which worked in the northern parts of Ghana. The study used a qualitative approach of in-depth interviews and focus group discussions. Reviews of the relevant textual materials supplemented the primary data. The study found a number of barriers to sustainability of the organizations, which affected their effective and efficient operation. Using religious models of sustainability and other approaches, the study suggests a combination of strategies for overcoming those barriers for their future existence. The study contributes to local and international theories of sustaining NGOs.

Keywords: NGOs; Spirituality; Sustainability; Community development.

 

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