Living in the Shadow of the Large Dams

Long Term Responses of Downstream and Lakeside Communities of Ghana’s Volta River Project


Studies of populations affected by Large Dams are usually about physically displaced and resettled communities. This book on the Volta River Project breaks with the mould and tackles the long term environmental and socio-economic impacts of the Akosombo and Kpong Dams, and livelihood responses of two neglected groups- downstream and lakeside communities. In a detailed study which takes a gendered political economy of livelihoods approach, the book considers the contribution of factors such as the environmental restructuring of the Lower Volta, the exodus of its most economically active population to the Volta Lake, the State's neglect of affected communities, the changing socio-economic context of Ghana, and social relations of class, gender and kinship, to livelihood trajectories and outcomes.


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Biographical Note

Dzodzi Tsikata, Ph.D. (2003) in Social Science, Leiden University, is a senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana. She is the co-editor of Demanding Dignity: Women Confronting Economic Reforms in Africa (North-South Institute & TWN-Africa, 2000).


Policy makers, researchers, students of development and civil society activists interested in the debates about large dams and their long term impacts on downstream communities, rural migration, the livelihoods approaches and gender analysis within a political economy approach.

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