Title: Promoting favourable outcomes in dam development: an alternative development approach

Authors: Mahmud Mukhtar Muhammed

Addresses: Department of Social, Political and Historical Studies, Faculty of Integrated Development Studies, University for Development Studies (UDS), Wa Campus, Wa, Ghana

Abstract: The age old dams-debate has been criticised for over concentration on cost-and-effect analysis of large dams. In this article, an analytical framework that discusses the various outcomes that are associated with the development of large dams depending on the development paradigm used and the structures and processes that are employed is provided. The over-arching argument of the article is that the development of large dams could yield favourable outcomes for all stakeholders in the large dam development maze, if the alternative development approach is applied.

Keywords: alternative development; large dams; Ghana; human rights; participation; sustainable livelihoods; sustainability; sustainable development; dam development.

DOI: 10.1504/WRSTSD.2016.078420

World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, 2016 Vol.12 No.3, pp.274 - 285

Received: 28 Dec 2015
Accepted: 27 Apr 2016

Published online: 16 Aug 2016 *

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