High Dreams and Disrupted Modernity: The Story of Ghana's Bui Hydrodam

Authors: Kwame Adovor*, University of Minnesota
Topics: Africa, Development, Cultural and Political Ecology
Keywords: Bui hydrodam, displacement, resettlement, Ghana
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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After almost a century in planning, the Bui hydrodam was finally built in 2013 with China's support. The implementation of Ghana's third largest hydrodam was impelled by national energy crisis. To court national support, the project's implementation also promised socioeconomic transformation including agricultural modernization and rural development. Several years after the project's completion, such lofty prospects have yet to materialize. This presentation is a visual analysis of one of the most important energy projects to be erected in modern Ghana. The illustration seeks to show that despite promising opportunities for transformation, such dreams still hangs in the balance amidst increasing impoverishment of displaced communities.

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