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Access to Environmental Justice in Ghana (Accra)

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Accra has been particularly vulnerable to the economic vicissitudes which have afflicted Ghana over recent decades. Ghanaian expatriates contribute significantly to citizen participation in Ghana in at least two ways: firstly, by economic repatriation, at least by providing financial assistance to family and community members, for example, for educational expenses but also for basic maintenance and increasingly for capital investment in property or businesses in Ghana; but, secondly, through the repatriation of ideas and experiences from other countries, providing inputs into the social and intellectual life of Ghana which serve to encourage and inspire citizens in their continuing search for effective participation in decision-making. The indigenous culture of participation, self-help and mutual support combines with the national policy of encouraging citizen participation to create a favourable climate for the growth of non-governmental organisations.

Keywords: Accra; capital investment; citizen participation; Ghana; non-governmental organisations



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