The Diamond Economy

I’m a fancy grad student now. That means that I spend all of my free time drawing indifference curves, calculating z-scores, and using words like “problematic,” “hegemony,” and “navigate.” It also means that I don’t have as much time to write blog posts (sorry, world). The good news about being a grad student, however, is…

Bad in Bad: The Conflict in Mali

Early on in my time in Kasoa, Ghana, I met a colorful neighbor named Bright. Bright, who was born in Togo but has lived in Ghana since he was 12, is a jack-of-all-trades. He owns an electrical shop in Peace Town, teaches French at a local primary school, served as an electoral commissioner in Ghana’s…

Development Politics in Ghana (Part 2)

After an extra day of voting due to long lines and technological failures and pending the results of an NPP court challenge, the NDC has come out on top in Ghana’s 2012 parliamentary and presidential election. This continues the electoral pattern that has emerged here since the 1992 conclusion of military rule in which one…

Development Politcs In Ghana (Part 1)

The bulk of Ghana’s electricity is generated by the Akosombo Hydroelectric Dam on the Volta River. This means that as the Volta’s water levels rise or fall, so to does the availability of electricity throughout the country. Generally speaking, there isn’t enough electricity to go around.