Small is Beautiful: the Micro-Politics of Transnational Relationships between Ghanaian Hometown Associations and Communities Back Home

V. Mazzucato*, M. Kabki

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In this article we investigate why some hometowns in Ghana are more successful than others in mobilizing resources for community development projects from their hometown associations (HTAs) abroad. We analyse the praxis of HTA-financed development by studying all actors involved in the process - HTAs and migrants abroad and local community leaders and their populations in Ghana. We find there is a relationship between the size of the community and the effectiveness of HTA mobilization. From a matched sample of five villages and towns in Ghana and their respective HTAs in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, we conclude that three important factors are at play in the relationship between size and effectiveness - the micro-politics of relationships between migrant and local leaders; the institutions that exist at the village/town level to create incentives or sanctions for migrants; and the relationships of trust between the different actors involved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-251
JournalGlobal Networks-a Journal of Transnational Affairs
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

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