Development in Unity Volume Three: Compendium of Works of Daasebre Prof. (Emeritus) Oti Boateng
by (Emeritus) Oti Boateng
About the author
Daasebre Professor (Emeritus) Emmanuel Oti Boateng is a renowned African Traditional Ruler, a global authority in statistics, Chancellor of All Nations University and recipient of several national and international awards including recognition as one of the greatest minds of the 21st century by the American Biographical Institute.
He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science with honours in Economics from the University of Ghana, Master of Science in Statistics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Philosophy Doctorate in Statistics from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.
He occupied the high office of Ghana’s Government Statistician with distinction for a record period of nearly eighteen years (1982 – 2000), became the first African Chairman of the United Nations Statistical Commission in 1987, the first African Chairman of the International Conference of Labour Statisticians at its 15th Session in Geneva and a United Nations Commissioner on the International Civil Service Commission from 2003 to 2018.
As Omanhene (Traditional King) of the New Juaben State of Ghana, he institutionalized the first post-independence traditional festival in the country – the Akwantukese or Great Migration – which brings into contemporary prominence, a missing but critical and major event of Asante history in Ghana.
He has over ninety-five technical publications to his credit in the areas of population and health, statistics, governance, disaster management, economics and policy issues and has written five books including Barack Obama- Africa’s Gift to the World, AKWANTUKESE Festival 2017 and his book trilogy: Development in Unity, Volumes I, II, & III.
About the book
This Volume, a scholarly piece of development thoughts, discusses in Part One the new concept of development embracing a much more inclusive view of increasing the welfare of societies followed by a critical examination of the various development theories and practices that underpinned the global development order over the greater part of the 20th century in both classic and contemporary contexts. It then discusses the unique contribution of the author’s award-winning Root-based Model to the development process
The Root-based Model provides a desirable bridge between the dominant growth-concentrated development pattern and the alternative development paradigm. In addition to its institutional networking dynamics utilizing the power of shared information for sustainable community development, the model resolves the critical issue of integrating the citizens sector into the national development process through a genuine participatory approach.
Part Two encapsulates various research works and papers over the years by the author that keep resonating on the development landscape and illuminate much of the discussions in Part One.
The book urges developing countries to adopt solutions suited to their cultures and local constraints instead of importing ‘best practices’ which may not fit into the key policy issues of development in the local context.
(Emeritus) Oti Boateng
November 6, 2019