First, there is a need for a shift in mindset. Any positive and long-lasting change will have to begin with how communities think and perceive development. Regrettably several communities in Ghana have become beholden to the idea that government and to some extent, local NGOs are primarily responsible for development.
Some of these indigenous ideas and knowledge products even have widespread application and can be exported to other continents. Thankfully, there are a few local organisations like Centre for Indigenous
and Organisational Development (CIKOD), which have championed the use of local ideas in agro-ecology, biodiversity, and advocacy to create sustainable changes in communities across Northern Ghana.
These kinds of initiatives represent a ray of hope and should be highlighted and supported to increase the power of communities.
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