Presentation on theme: "Ghanaian Mobilities, Intersecting Inequalities and Transnational Activities By: Leander Kandilige Supported by the Royal Geographical Society (with the."— Presentation transcript:
Ghanaian Mobilities, Intersecting Inequalities and Transnational Activities By: Leander Kandilige Supported by the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) with a Postgraduate Research Award
WHY? Research on movement from global South to North Remittance-development nexus in sending states (Testas, 2002; de Haas, 2003; Stark and Wang, 2002) Why migrants are interested in transnational activities (Manuh, 1998; Smith and Guarnizo, 1998; Vertovec and Cohen, 1999; Faist, 2000; and Itzigsohn, 2000) But no link between intrinsic inequalities, mobilities and transnational activities
Methods UK Scoping exercise (20 respondents) 20 In-depth interviews 120 surveys among two communities Ethnographic study (8 months) GHANA 364 Surveys (247 in Eastern region and 117 in Upper East region) among head of households 20 in-depth interviews Ethnographic study (3 months) Secondary data from BOG, GSS and GNA
Inequality and mobility Ecology and natural resources Colonial policies Lack of political will Poverty and illiteracy Pattern of mobility Socio-cultural differences Established social structures and hometown associations Investment behaviour of migrants
Migration and livelihood outcomes Living standards a)Education b)Health c)Employment d)Electricity and Water Income distribution a)Greater income inequalities in the Upper East than Eastern region
Geographic Scale of Analysis Whose development is it anyway?