Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:20) Looking back on it, that evening of 7th March, 2013 opened a great door for me. On that evening, after over two years of searching, applications and interviews, I finally received an email stating that I … Continue reading Thank you, thank you, thank you!

The continued existence of international development researchers

On The Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network page, I recently came across an article and from where I ‘borrowed’ the title for this blog post. In that short article (which you can see here) the author raises some interesting points about current international development practice. The central question posed by the author is whether International … Continue reading The continued existence of international development researchers

Researcher Reflexivity in Planning Research: My view from Elmina, Ghana*

As a Ghanaian keenly interested in the development of my country I feel very frustrated most times when I think of the considerable abuse of power coupled with the systemic and structural constraints to innovative thinking among planners and policy makers. Within this context of yearning for development in Ghana, the conduct of my fieldwork … Continue reading Researcher Reflexivity in Planning Research: My view from Elmina, Ghana*

100 key research questions for the post-2015 development agenda: a research paper

I am please to announce the publication of a new research article that identifies 100 key questions to be considered in the context of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In March, 2015 I wrote a short blog post about a working paper that was published as part of a research project I was involved in … Continue reading 100 key research questions for the post-2015 development agenda: a research paper

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are dead! 100 key questions for the post-2015 development agenda

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be dead by the end of this year (2015). There are many ways to write the obituary of this global endeavour. Irrespective of how you write it, one thing remains true and that is, the MDGs were (over) ambitious but they brought global attention to a number of issues. There … Continue reading The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are dead! 100 key questions for the post-2015 development agenda

On the making of academic country experts in international development

Just last week Thursday 12th March, 2015, I attended the 6th Annual Sheffield Institute for International Development  (SIID) Postgraduate Conference here at the University of Sheffield. This year's theme was “Reflecting on development: Global narratives, local realities”  with a number of interesting PhD student presentations. A thought-provoking keynote address by Prof. Diana Mitlin raised a number of … Continue reading On the making of academic country experts in international development

The boredom and joys of fieldwork in Ghana

This blog post was first written for and published on 6th November, 2014 by the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) under the 'Students Insights' feature of  their website. I am republishing it here without edit but with only the addition of pictures.    I have so far enjoyed my PhD journey which started in September, … Continue reading The boredom and joys of fieldwork in Ghana