Development in Unity Volume 3

By Daasebre Prof. (Emeritus) Oti Boateng
Publication Date: 1/4/2019
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 404
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 9781482878523
Print Type: B/W

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"Development in Unity Volume 3, an evolving scholarly piece of development thoughts and exploits, is a sequel to the intellectually discursive presentation of the Development in Unity series compiled in volumes 1 and 2 by Daasebre Professor (Emeritus) Oti Boateng, an eminent African scholar of global standing spanning over four decades, to inspire a new development order.

In this exposition, the author, a renowned African traditional ruler, a global authority in statistics, a United Nations commissioner and recipient of several national and international awards including a recognition as one of the greatest minds of the twenty-first century by the American Biographical Institute, seeks to revolutionize development thoughts in contemporary times, particularly in Africa and regions of growing economies.

Part 1 of the book presents a thought-provoking examination of varied development theories and practices that underpinned the global development order over the greater part of the twentieth century in both classic and contemporary contexts to establish the basis for a new development hypothesis germane to regions of growing economies.

The author seeks to supplant the open-ended debate in development thinking with his award-winning root-based model as the footprint providing the missing chain and a bridge between the dominant growth-concentrated pattern of development and an alternative development paradigm that dominated the development landscape in the late 1970s.

He expertly expunges the one-size-fits-all view of development, cleverly encircles the Washington Consensus and the New Washington Consensus on the role of the state in development and contends that successful development requires a skillful and judicious balancing of market pricing and promotion where markets can exist and operate efficiently, along with intelligent and equity-oriented government intervention in areas where unquestionable market forces would lead to undesirable economic and social consequences.

The book asserts that developing countries need to adopt local solutions suited to their cultures and local constraints and urges development practitioners and nongovernmental organizations to assess each individual country’s situation on a case-by-case basis before recommending the appropriate solutions rather than import “best practices” that may not fit or even apply to the key policy issues and dilemmas of development in the local context.

Part 2 of this volume incorporates various research works and papers over the years by the author including Inflation in Ghana, Housing Conditions and Utilization of Health Services, Building Information and Statistical System for Development, Ensuring the Central Role of Women in Development, and the Weija Dam Project: Water Utilization Behavior and its Related Socioeconomic Impact, which illuminate the development discourse and are as relevant today as when they were first written.

The book ultimately shares remarkable knowledge in line with the author’s belief that a shared knowledge is a gold mine of development as it widens perspectives and allows the exploration of the world with open eyes. The pursuit of knowledge is “a means whereas the real substance lies in translating knowledge into a qualitative improvement in human life and overall development”—a philosophy that explains the choice of the root-based model and Development in Unity as the wellspring of the three-volume book series."

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