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Title: The Freedoms Platform Concept in Geography and in Rural Development – Emerging Practical Applications in Poverty Reduction through Boreholes Provision in the Atebubu and Afram Plains Districts of Ghana
Authors: Adow, Auckhinleck Kwame
Buor, Prof. Daniel
Eshun, Dr. Gabriel
Tagoe-Darko, Dr. Eva
O. Kyei, Rev. Dr. Peter
Keywords: boreholes
water-borne/related diseases
freedom platforms
substantive freedoms
progressive poverty reduction.
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Online Journal of Social Sciences Research
Citation: Online Journal of Social Sciences Research, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 1-15; January, 2013.
Abstract: This study indicates how boreholes provision has served as platforms, enablers, and catalysts to facilitate health freedoms, time gains, and occupational livelihoods activities to reduce poverty in rural communities. Sample size was 1,200 household respondents from eighty communities provided with boreholes and 600 household respondents from thirty-four Control communities selected by simple random sampling technique. Primary data was collected from the Atebubu and Afram Plains Districts in Ghana through the integrated approach by using quantitative and qualitative research instruments. Before boreholes were provided in the Atebubu and Afram Plains Districts, the prevalence of water-borne/related diseases was pervasive and endemic. Many adults each year were incapacitated through guinea worm infections and this severely affected income generation through agricultural livelihood occupations. Also child absenteeism from school was common. However, boreholes provided have served as platforms, catalysts and enablers to produce several benefits to facilitate the progressive emergence out of poverty. Substantive freedoms such as health regained and time gains were effectively utilized and these facilitated poverty thresholds to be broken as people engaged in livelihood occupations, earned incomes consistently. The demonstration effects showed in the economic capacity acquired improved quality of life, and eventually in reduced poverty. This study has shown that reduced poverty in rural communities in the Atebubu and Afram Plains Districts of Ghana since the 1990s to date can be attributed to the strategic provision of boreholes.
Description: Article published in Online Journal of Social Sciences Research, 2013. Also available at www.onlineresearchjournals.org/JSS
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/7288
ISSN: 2277-0844
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