Selected Refereed journals articles

  • “Beyond the ‘posts’ in African development discourse: exploring real solutions to Africa’s problems” (co-authors: B. Ikubolajeh Logan and Ezekiel Kalipeni) Progress in Development Studies, Vol 12, No 2&3 (forthcoming)

  • “Organizational Culture and Public Sector Reforms in a Post-Washington Consensus Era: Lessons from Ghana’s ‘Good Performers’.” Progress in Development Studies, vol 12, No 2&3, (forthcoming) (Abstract)

  • “The Socioeconomic Determinants of HIV/AIDS Infection Rates in Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe” (co-authors Christobel Asiedu and Elizabeth Asiedu), Development Policy Review, Vol. 30, No.3 pp305-326, 2012 (Abstract)

  • “Young Women’s Marital Status and HIV Risk in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe” (co-authors: Christobel Asiedu and Elizabeth Asiedu), Journal of African Development Vol. 12 (2), 2010, pp33-46 (Abstract)

  • “Locational Choices of the Ethanol Industry in the Midwest Corn Belt” (co-authors: Monica Haddad and Gary Taylor) Economic Development Quarterly Vol. 24, No.1, 2010, pp74 –86 (Abstract)

  • “Using PlacesOnLine in Instructional Activities.” Journal of Geography (co-authors Michael Longan, and Curtis Roseman) Vol 107 No.1 pp20-26, 2008 (Abstract)

  • “Conceptualizing Livelihood Strategies in African Cities: Planning and Development Implications of Multiple Livelihood Strategies.” Journal of Planning Education and Research Vol.26, No.4, 2007, pp450-465 (Abstract)

  • “Post-9/11 U.S. Foreign Aid, the Millennium Challenge Account and Africa: How many Birds can one stone kill?” Africa Today Vol 54, No.1, Fall 2007, pp.1-26 (Abstract)

  • “Competing Hegemons? Chinese versus American Geo-Economic Strategies in Africa.”  Political Geography Vol. 26, 2007  pp504-524 (co-author: Pádraig Carmody)  (Abstract)

  • “On Public Organizations in Ghana: What Differentiates Good Performers from Poor Performers?” African Development Review Vol.18 No.3, 2006 pp471-485 (Abstract)

  • “Differences in the performance of Public Organizations in Ghana: Implications for Public Sector Reform Policy” Development Policy Review Vol.24 No.6, 2006 pp675-687 (Abstract)

  • "Livelihood Strategies and Performance of Ghana’s Health and Education Sectors: Exploring the Connections" Public Administration and Development Vol. 25 No.2, 2005 pp157-174 (Abstract)

  • “Introduction” Geojournal: An International Journal of Human Geography and Environmental Sciences Vol. 62, No.1-2, 2005 pp115-116 (Special Topics Editor; theme: “Opportunities and Challenges for Development in Africa)

  • "Pragmatism and the Gradual Shift from Dependency to Neoliberalism: The World Bank, African Leaders and Development Policy in Africa" World Development Vol. 31, No.10, 2003, pp1655-1672 (Abstract)
  • “Urban Impoverishment and Multiple Modes of Livelihood in Ghana” The Canadian Geographer Vol. 45, no.3, 2001, pp387-403 (Abstract)
  • “State Effectiveness, Planning and Industrial Development in Botswana” A. I. Samatar, co-author, Revised version published in the Canadian Journal of African Studies. Vol.31, no.2, 1997, pp268-299

Research reports

  • "Strengths, Challenges, and Opportunities of Iowa's Local Housing Trust Funds Program" Report prepared for the Iowa Housing Authority, August 2011 (with Carlton Basmajian, Pierre Fehrnbach, Doug Johnston, and Amy Logan)

  • “Iowa Housing Needs Assessment: Local Housing Trust Fund Summary Assessment” Report prepared for the Iowa Housing Authority, May 2011 (with Carlton Basmajian, Tim Borich, Doug Johnston, and Amy Logan)

  • “Iowa Housing Needs Assessment: Demographic Change and Housing Affordability in Iowa”, Report prepared for the Iowa Housing Authority, May 2010 (with Carlton Basmajian, Tim Borich, Doug Johnston, and Amy Logan)

  • “Improving the Effectiveness of the Public Sector in Africa through the Quality of Public Administration”. Operations & Thematic Research Studies, Knowledge & Learning Unit, African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), Zimbabwe, 2011 (co-author: Frank Ohemeng)

  • “Increasing Public-Sector Effectiveness by Changing Organizational Culture” Report on workshop on the Effectiveness of Public Organizations, December 3, 2003 Coconut Grove Regency Hotel, Accra, Ghana. Submitted to the World Bank, Governance Knowledge Sharing Program, 2004

  • “Organizational Culture and the Performance of Public Organizations in Ghana: Learning from “Good Performers” Report submitted to the World Bank, Governance Knowledge Sharing Program, 2004

  • Smart Signals: Economics for Lasting Progress, with six others. Report prepared for the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources, Sustainable Development Initiative, Minnesota Planning October, 1999

  • Small-Scale Manufacturing and Repair Activities in the Urban area of Techiman, with seven others. Report prepared for the IFO-Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, Department of Development Studies, Munich- Germany, March (with seven others), 1988

Book chapters

  • “Improving the Effectiveness of the Public Sector in Africa through the Quality of Public Administration”. In Shaw, T., Hanson, K.T. and Kararach, K. (forthcoming) (Eds) Rethinking Development Challenges for Public Policy. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, United Kingdom (with Frank Ohemeng).

  • “A expansão da China para a África: interesses e estratégias”. In: Leão, R. P. F.; Pinto, E. C.; Acioly, L. A (eds) China na nova configuração global: impactos políticos e econômicos. Brasília: Dinte/Ipea, 2011 (with Padraig Carmody).

  • “Chinese and US Interests in Africa.” In Globalization in Africa: Recolonization or Renaissance? Padraig Carmody, 2010, Lynne Rienner Publishers: Boulder, CO. (with Padraig R. Carmody)

  • “World Bank” in Encyclopedia of Geography, Barney Warf (ed), 2010, Sage Publication

  • “Livelihoods” in Kitchin R, and Thrift N (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Vol. 6, 2009, pp. 219–224. Oxford: Elsevier.

  • “Is Increasing Chinese Investment Good for African Development?” In William G. Moseley (ed) Taking Sides: Clashing Views on African Issues, Fourth Edition, 2012, McGraw Hill (with Padraig R. Carmody) (Originally published in the Third Edition in 2009)

  • “Cities of Sub-Sahara Africa” in Cities of the World: World Regional Urban Development, (4th Ed), Stantley Brunn, Donglei Zeigler, and Maureen Hays-Mitchell (eds), Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc, 2008 (Garth Myers, co-author)

  • “Discourses on African Development from Dependency to Neoliberalism” in Malinda Smith, (ed) Beyond the ‘African Tragedy’ Development and the Global Economy Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006, Chap 2, pp 25-47 (significantly revised and updated version of the World Development paper)

Book reviews

  • Review of “Tradition, Culture and Development in Africa: Historical Lesson for Modern Development Planning” by Ambe J. Njoh. Ashgate Publishing Limited, Burlington, VT. 2006. Cultural Geographies Vol.16 No.3, 2009, pp419.

  • Review of “Looting Africa: The Economics of Exploitation” by Bond, Patrick. 2006. Scottsville: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2006 Africa Today, Jun 2008, Vol. 54, No. 4: 88–91.

  • Labour and Globalization: Results and Prospects, by R. Munck (Ed), Liverpool University Press, Liverpool 2004. Regional Studies Vol.39, No.7 pp1003-1004, 2005

  • Walley, Christine J., (2004) Rough Waters: Nature and Development in an East African Marine Park, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, Vol. 42, No.1, 2005

  • Making services work for poor people. World Development Report 2004, by The World Bank. World Bank/Oxford, 2003, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, Vol. 41 No. 9, 2004

  • Verandahs of Power: Colonialism and Space in Urban Africa, by Garth Andrew Myers. Syracuse, 2003, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, Vol.41, No.10, 2003

  • Social Problems in Africa: New Visions, ed. by Apollo Rwomire. Praeger, 2001, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, Vol.39, No.8, 2002

Selected Research Activities

Workshop on Effectiveness of Public Organizations, Dec 3, 2003, Accra, Ghana

Workshop Report

Keynote address by Dr. Stephen Adei, rector and director general, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration “The Role of Organizational Culture and Effectiveness of Public Organizations”

Workshop papers

Workshop Participants



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