Albert Ahenkan

Albert Ahenkan
University of Ghana | Legon · Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management

PhD

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Transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) agriculture, especially smallholding towards enhanced productivity and sustainability, is needed to address food challenges. The objective of Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) is to increase agricultural productivity, reinforce resilience, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with agriculture activ...
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Purpose Slum discourse has attracted significant research interest among scholars. The study examined the policy framework for slum governance in Ghana with the goal of offering recommendations to structure slum management. Design/methodology/approach Anchored on exploratory qualitative methodology, the study utilized a purposive sampling techniqu...
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Purpose The purpose of the study was to examine the electricity challenges confronting slums in order to understand the health implications thereof. Design/methodology/approach The study utilized purposive sampling techniques supported by the convenience sampling method within the context of qualitative research to select 30 interviewees of varyin...
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In most Sub Saharan African countries renewable energy has been part of the energy mix balance-sheet for quite a long time. However, the share of total primary energy from renewable sources have declined over time despite significant investment into the sector in the last decade. This paper pierce the veil of the energy sector to unearth the underl...
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Climate change remains a serious threat to climate sensitive pro-poor development interventions in the Pru District of Ghana. This study examined how climate change impacts on Local Economic Development (LED) interventions, the extent to which climate change adaptation (CCA) initiatives are integrated into LED and the challenges associated with the...
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The agricultural sector is the second major source of climate change globally, contributing to anthropogenic Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. In low-to-middle income countries, estimations indicate future increases in agricultural emissions. Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) has an express opportunity to transform agriculture across the globe. In Afri...
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Our study investigates the determinants of renewable energy consumption in Sub-Sahara Africa. We explore the driving factors of renewable energy consumption in the context of carbon intensity for 32 Sub-Saharan African countries from 1990 to 2015. Using carbon emission intensity to identify group-specific heterogeneity, we recognize carbon-efficien...
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Our study investigates the determinants of renewable energy consumption in Sub-Saharan Africa. We explore the driving factors of renewable energy consumption in the context of carbon intensity for 32 Sub-Saharan African countries from 1990 to 2015. Using carbon emission intensity to identify group-specific heterogeneity, we recognize carbon-efficie...
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Knowledge takes centre stage in Sustainable Development. It is resource prime option for any citizen, organization or company, public body, government and finally the United Nations in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Knowledge Management is intended to support SDGs by offering integrated information framework issues that directly af...
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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted in September 2015 represent a challenging worldwide action plan that aims to end poverty, achieve gender equality, in diverse dimensions, promote decent work among others. Global realization of the SDGs by 2030 is highly dependent on the localization and effective implementation of the go...
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Governments globally are leveraging information and communication technology (ICT) growth towards improving the quality of public procurement services for socioeconomic development. However, the extent of its application differs across nations. Notwithstanding the extant theoretical and empirical literature on IT for development, knowledge on how t...
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The funding required for climate mitigation in Africa is estimated at 10 billion U.S. dollars annually. Unfortunately, the contributions by advanced countries will not be enough to meet the mitigation needs of developing countries. Emerging economies like Ghana have low financial capacity to effectively mitigate the harsh impacts of climate change....
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Public–private partnership (PPP) is a relatively new development paradigm in most developing countries. In an increasingly competitive global environment, governments around the world are focusing on new ways to finance development projects, build infrastructure, and provide social services to their citizens. This paper examines the challenges and...
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Local governments in developing countries are christened as proadaptation agents. However, global research effort has virtually ignored inherent adaptation policy implementation nuances in developing countries, ostensibly assuming that narratives from existing policy implementation literature could fill the void. Drawing on qualitative data from si...
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Social Health Insurance claims payment challenges and how it affects effective managerial function in health service delivery circles.
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Despite their relatively lower national income, studies suggest that developing countries have consistently advanced their e-government structures. However, there is little knowledge on how governments’ deployment of electronic and internet technologies may be leveraged to stimulate sustainable supply chain management, particularly Sustainable Publ...
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Uncertainties about the amount of resources needed to combat climate change, dwindling local resources, limited local autonomy and limited expertise constrain local governments (LGs) in their response to the effects of climate change. As a result, financing climate change remains a major nightmare for LG actors across diverse nested territorial con...
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Local economic development (LED) has gained prominence as a feasible option to top–down development approaches that have generally been unsuccessful in generating significant and sustainable development at the local level. While LED has proven to be an attractive local development strategy, very little attention has been devoted to the policy and p...
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The study examines private sector initiatives and investment challenges in mainstreaming green economy in Ghana. An exploratory study design of qualitative research method was adopted. Due to the level of information required for the study, a purposive sampling technique was employed and a total of twenty-four respondents selected from 8 private se...
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The study examines private sector initiatives and investment challenges in mainstreaming green economy in Ghana. An exploratory study design of qualitative research method was adopted. Due to the level of information required for the study, a purposive sampling technique was employed and a total of twenty-four respondents selected from 8 private se...
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Many studies have confirmed the diffusion of climate change adaptation mainstreaming related policies and innovations across local governments (LGs). However, it is not clear under what conditions these policies get transferred, implemented or subsequently abandoned, especially in developing countries where LGs’ capacity to mainstream adaptation ba...
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Across all the Bretton Wood institutions, decentralization has been touted as a fulcrum of good governance. This idea has had a sweeping effect across many areas of governance including climate change adaptation. However, the emerging climate change policy literature have had less focus on how decentralization can enhance adaptation governance at t...
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In spite of growing evidence of non-governmental organizations’ (NGOs) active participation in both bottom-up and top-down climate change policy negotiations and implementation, a research effort that focuses on the former barely exists. Grounded within the qualitative research approach, this paper contributes to the emerging climate policy literat...
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Environmental health issues are of major concern in the world today, especially in developing countries. Across Africa, environmental resources remain central to rural people’s livelihoods and health. The rich environmental resources of the continent significantly impact population health. During the past decades, many African countries have initia...
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To attain sustainable sanitation, sanitation system needs not only be socially acceptable, economically viable, as well as technically and institutionally appropriate, but should also safeguard the environment and the natural resources within it. Goal six (6) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to ensure the sustainable management and av...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate the current performance management system of the Sefwi Wiawso Municipal Assembly as well as the challenges faced by the Assembly in implementing its performance management system. Design/methodology/approach The specific design that was adopted is the case study approach. The primary data were...
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This article argues that corporate environmentalism and sustainability reporting are key instruments for achieving socio-economic progress in Ghana and the goals of the United Nations post 2030 Development Agenda. To support this argument, the level and quality of sustainability reporting by firms listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange are critically e...
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Attempts to discuss small-scale artisanal mining (ASM) within the lenses of environment–poverty paradox have had two contending schools of thought. The first lens is the most dominant and holds that a single factor, ‘poverty’, drives people into ASM. The second lens contends that multiples of complex factors better explain who and why rural populat...
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Purpose The much-trumpeted Green Climate Fund and several other official financial mechanisms for financing adaptation to climate change under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change have fallen short in meeting adaptation needs. Many poorer people are still grappling with the scourge of climate change impacts. Consequently, there has been a...
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The issue of political party financing is probably one of the most discussed political issue among political parties in Ghana. Over the years, weaknesses and poor performance of political parties has been largely blamed on the inadequate funding of political parties. The chapter seeks to increase awareness and promote informed national discourse on...
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Analysis and studies of local economic development (LED) tend to be under the rubric of case studies to the neglect of their historical context and the role of international development agencies. This article attempts to fill this gap by focusing on the experiences of Ghana. Adopting a systematic review of the policy documents and existing literatu...
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Background: For over two decades, Ghana’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has been resolved to continuously improve the quality of healthcare in a cost-effective manner. Strategies have been adopted to enhance client satisfaction with healthcare services and delivery. Objective: This paper examined patient satisfaction with the quality of healthcare in Gh...
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The construction of the Bui Dam was expected to boost socio-economic development in Ghana. This article examines the impacts of the project on the livelihoods of the local people. Data were collected using a mixed-research approach and a case-study design. The study finds that, while there have been significant improvements with respect to resettle...
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For the past three decades, the global community has recognized the need to shift the pursuit of development to sustainable development. This recognition was based on the fact that earlier approaches to development were deemed unsustainable. While African governments have implemented several policies towards Sustainable Development (SD), there appe...
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Ghana‘s decentralization concept was initiated to promote popular grassroots participation in the management and administration of local governance institutions for improved conditions of life. This is believed to be an important means to improving the effectiveness of service delivery and empower the local people to participate in the development...
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This case study presents and analyses Local Economic Development (LED) initiatives and challenges from two districts in Ghana. The study is a qualitative case study that uses individual interviews through purposive selection from officials who are directly involved in the formulation and implementation of district development initiatives. The study...
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The study sets out to given in-depth analysis of thePublic Private Partnership between the government of Ghana, represented by GWCL and Aqua Vitens Rand Ltd –AVRL from 2005-2011 and to generate an insight on how the implementation process faired from the perspective of implementers in particular, civil society organisations and the public utility w...
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Local economic development involves identifying and using primarily local resources, ideas and skills to stimulate economic growth and development, with the aim of creating employment opportunities, reducing poverty, and redistributing resources and opportunities to the benefit of local residents. Growth and development cannot take place in an inst...
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Since the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in 1972 and the subsequent publication of the Brundtland report in 1987, Ghana has embarked upon the path of sustainable development (SD) through the development and implementation of policies deemed necessary to safeguard the environment and promote socio–economic development. Despite this co...
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The issue of South–North migration, especially Africa–European Union (EU) migration, has moved to the center stage of international development debate. Unfortunately, however, interests and arguments by policy-makers, development agencies, and citizens of the EU mainly focus on the consequences of migration on the “receiving” societies. The real ca...
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The increasing importance of stakeholders in project design, implementation, and evaluation requires mechanisms to ensure their effective participation to enhance project success. As a national non-governmental organisation (NGO) engaged in the design and implementation of community development projects, International Centre for Enterprise and Sust...
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Sustainable development is a widespread concept. Indicator selection and sustainability assessment are basic methods to analyse the sustainable development process. This study aims to develop a software application to select indicators and to allocate weightings to the indicators and the sub-indexes, so that they can be listed in a sustainability a...
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United Nations estimates indicate that up to 70% of the world’s poor are female, and women in developing countries constitute the majority of the labour force, playing a key role in managing community resources and helping to improve food security and protect the environment. Increased attention in recent years has been focused on the potential rol...
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Nutrition and health are fundamental pillars of human development across the entire life-span. The potential role of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in improving nutrition and health and reduction of poverty has been recognized in recent years. NTFPs continue to be an important source of household food security, nutrition, and health. Despite th...
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Though a significant volume of information has been documented on the importance and potential of NTFPs' utilisation and its impacts on poverty reduction, livelihoods improvement and environmental sustainability, a lot of confusion is still associated with NTFPs semantics and terminologies. NTFPs have proved to be difficult to clearly define becaus...
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Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) farming is emerging globally as an important tool for establishing sustainable forest communities and supporting forest-based livelihoods. NTFPs are of great importance to millions of people whose livelihoods largely depend on them. Increasingly, forest policies of many countries are being revised to reflect the p...
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This article scopes the status and potential of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in community forests and the national forest of Bardiya district in western Nepal. The human ecological approach, participatory rural appraisal, focus group discussions and interviews were used to gather data and information for analysis. The results of the data anal...
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The collection and marketing of Non-timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in Ghana are being promoted as a potential solution to the current high rates of malnutrition, the poor health of the rural population and the spread and intensification of poverty. Accomplishing these goals requires an understanding of how NTFPs are extracted, processed and markete...
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Abtract Forest resources are of great importance to millions of people, especially those whose livelihoods largely depend on them. These resources play a key role in protecting the environment and are of tremendous importance to the sustainable development of every country. Forest resources policies and institutions are critical to achieving sustai...

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Prior literature on public procurement policy suggests that public procurement may serve as a tool for advancing several public policy agenda (Grandia & Meehan, 2017). For example, in their special issue published in the International Journal of Public Sector Management, Grandia and Meehan (2017) from a multidisciplinary perspective delineate the implications of public procurement for achieving public value and illuminate its strategic aspirations and attractiveness to policymakers, as it constitutes a substantial fraction of governments’ expenditure (see also Erridge, 2007; Thai, 2001). Unlike the private sector, buyers in the public sector operate in a political marketplace with different incentives, constraints and with different opportunities for discretionary actions. Therefore, they afford the opportunity to apply their procurement choices towards a wider scope of public policy agenda (Parker & Hartley, 2003; Grandia & Meehan, 2017) such as sustainable development (Preuss, 2009; Brammer & Walker, 2011), small local business development (Patil, 2017), public financial management (Bawole & Adjei-Bamfo, 2019) and innovation (Edler & Georghiou, 2007; Edler et al., 2015; Edquist et al., 2015).
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The study examined private sector initiatives and incentives on climate change and green economy, the challenges of private sector in investments in climate change and green economy in Ghana