Effect of Activities of the VRA Resettlement Trust Fund in Improving the Livelihood of the New Senchi Resettlement Community

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The study set out to explore the effect of the activities of VRA Resettlement Trust Fund on improving the lot of New Senchi community. The study objectives included finding out how sustainable the Trust Fund has been since its inception in 1996 as well as whether its activities has been effective in rehabilitating and improving the livelihood of citizens of New Senchi. Various studies reviewed from the very past history and recent history in international circles as well as studies by indigenous Ghanaians has revealed interesting issues bothering on resettlement and rehabilitation. The basic conclusion was that resettlement and rehabilitation had never been completely satisfactory to ressetlers. This will require that long-term planning with community consultation and participation would have to be engaged in to resolve all challenges amicably prior to a development and resettlement programme by Governments and development authorities. Data collected through interviews with seven (7) staff of the VRA Resettlement Trust Fund and survey questionnaires administered to one hundred (100) respondents of various socio-economic and educational status of New Senchi resettlement community seem to suggest the following: Although New Senchi citizens acknowledged the sustainability of the work being done by VRA Resettlement Trust Fund, they are of the view that there is more room for improvement. To them, this improvement must reflect in the quantum and rate of the provision of social amenities, health and sanitation, water and so on. It is recommended that Government and other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) who are development partners must all play a role in assisting all Resettlement Townships. They must involve those communities in their development programmes since such communities have sacrificed their naturally given real-estate and occupation for the larger good and public interest of the entire society.
A Thesis submitted to the Institute of Distance Learning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Commonwealth Executive Masters of Business Administration, July-2012