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Working Paper

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Abraham J. Wyner


Very little research exists on the effects of NGO development projects on small African communities, as organisations often do not perform the basic research necessary at the beginning of a project to assess their effectiveness over time. This paper’s purpose is to provide a baseline of economic conditions and cultural practices within the community of Tarkwa Breman, a village in Western Ghana, prior to the initiation of a development project by the Tarkwa Breman Community Alliance (TBCA) to allow future research to examine its effectiveness and comment on the likelihood of the project being successfully self-funded. Given TBCA’s focus on bridging the gender gap, the paper pays attention to examining the effects of gender discrimination, whilst providing readers with an insight into the current conditions within the village. Data Analysis results indicate that there is no statistically significant difference between the education levels of male and female children within the village, but that many village children attend school up to three years later than they would under normal circumstances.


Gender discrimination, Wealth, Education, Sustainable Development



Date Posted: 17 January 2017


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