Ghana Journal of Development Studies <p class="western" align="JUSTIFY"><em>Ghana Journal of Development Studies</em> (GJDS) is a multi – trans – and an interdisciplinary journal with a development focus. The GJDS publishes works on development policy, programming and projects, whether analytical, evaluative, basic, applicative and/or descriptive. It accepts papers from varied disciplinary areas; including the physical sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Articles must show direct relevance to development. Emphasis is on empirical research that build on and/or ground theory. However, manuscripts of high quality on theoretical aspects of development related disciplines as well as book reviews are considered for publication. The GJDS provides a forum for lecturers, researchers, and development-related professionals to re/present findings on critical research and/or analysis of development issues with emphasis on, but not exclusive to the Ghanaian as well as African settings. The GJDS is a journal of the Faculty of Integrated Development Studies of SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, Ghana. The GJDS is a peer-reviewed journal and indexed on internationally acclaimed scholarly indexing/publishing systems: The International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS), EBSCO and Society of African Journal Editors.</p> en-US <p>© 2018 The authors.</p><p>The Ghana Journal of Development Studies is published twice a year (May &amp; October) by the Faculty of Integrated Development Studies as a service to development related research.</p><p>No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any means; electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording or otherwise, without the written authorisation of the publisher and copyright owner.</p><p>The content is licensed uder a CC-BY license.</p> (Dr. Dennis Puorideme) (Prof. Kenneth Peprah, Editor) Tue, 28 Nov 2023 09:18:29 +0000 OJS 60 Towards a comprehensive model of human resource development research and practice: A systematic literature review <p>Although several models have been proposed to guide practitioners and academics in human resource development&nbsp; (HRD), there is sufficient manifestation that a new HRD model is required to address emerging HRD problems such as&nbsp; cultural variation and value systems across the globe, the need to strengthen the theoretical foundation of HRD&nbsp; research and practice, and the incompleteness of HRD research methods. The purpose of this study was to propose a&nbsp; comprehensive HRD model that will address these problems in order to make HRD more responsive to the current&nbsp; needs in HRD research and practice. Bozer and Jones’s (2018) seven-phase systematic literature review approach was&nbsp; adopted to gather data for this study. The available data were analyzed using thematic analysis. It was found that the&nbsp; proposed HRD model was capable of helping HRD practitioners to choose appropriate HRD practices that will match&nbsp; their culture and value systems, and guide them on the methods and theories to apply in their respective locations. On&nbsp; the basis of these findings, it was concluded that the proposed HRD model can address the problems currently facing&nbsp; HRD research and practice.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Felix Kwame Opoku Copyright (c) 2023 Tue, 28 Nov 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Accessibility of pedestrian infrastructure along arterial roads to persons with disabilities in Kumasi <p>The rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to accessible built environments include the convenient and safe use of&nbsp; roads and pedestrian infrastructure. This is founded on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with&nbsp; Disabilities and other related international and local legislation. These notwithstanding, this paper sought to ascertain&nbsp; whether the accessibility needs of PWDs were amply factored into decisions on pedestrian infrastructure. The study&nbsp; adopted a descriptive research design. It involved the use of a checklist developed from the Accessible Side-walks and&nbsp; Street Crossing information guide and the Ghana Accessibility Standards for the Built Environment to assess pedestrian&nbsp; infrastructure along five arterial roads leading to Kumasi, the second most populous city in Ghana. Interviews were also&nbsp; used to ascertain the opinions of 122 PWDs on the inclusiveness of the pedestrian infrastructure. The study found that&nbsp; the pedestrian infrastructure was not as inclusive as required. Maintenance was not given due attention and most PWDs&nbsp; had challenges with the pedestrian infrastructure. The study concludes that irrespective of the prevalence of both&nbsp; international and local standards in Ghana, the accessibility needs of PWDs are not amply factored into decisions&nbsp; on pedestrian infrastructure. Accordingly, policy should dwell on holistic enforcement of the accessibility standards in&nbsp; design, construction and maintenance. These will support the quest to enhance accessible transport systems and&nbsp; consequently efforts towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 11.&nbsp;</p> Anthony K. Danso , Eric P. Tudzi, Joshua Ayarkwa , Gloria Asiedu-Ampem, Kenneth A. Donkor-Hyiaman Copyright (c) 2023 Tue, 28 Nov 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Exploring the extent of refuse use on urban cropping in Zongo of the Wa Municipality, Ghana <p>Refuse heaps are common scenes in cities in developing countries amidst the springing up of urban cropping but with&nbsp; low yields. However, the linkages between refuse generation and use in urban cropping appear to be little addressed in&nbsp; the existing literature. This paper sought to explore the separation of refuse into biodegradable and non-degradable&nbsp; and the use of the biodegradable portion as compost in urban cropping to improve crop production often linked to&nbsp; urban food availability. Hence, refuse generation at the household levels and refuse at the dumping sites were&nbsp; determined and sorted out using Wa Zongo as a study area. By combining convenience and simple random sampling,&nbsp; fifteen respondents from fifteen houses within a 150-metre radius of a dumping site were interviewed. Descriptive&nbsp; statistics, connecting and classifying, were employed in the data analysis. Findings revealed that more refuse is&nbsp; generated; a greater portion is decomposable; 93.3% of the respondents do not know the use of refuse for cropping;&nbsp; and, 53.3% prefer inorganic fertilizers for farming. To reduce refuse and eliminate the heaps, this study recommends&nbsp; refuse segregation at home and dump sites, biodegradable refuse for the production of compost and the use of public&nbsp; education to achieve this feat.&nbsp;</p> Alfred Beyuo Naamwintome Copyright (c) 2023 Tue, 28 Nov 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Assessing service quality and farmers’ satisfaction with service provided by agricultural marketing cooperative societies in Mvomero and Kilombero Districts, Tanzania <p>Providing quality service has become an important aspect in the business and public service sectors. Agricultural Marketing Cooperative&nbsp; Societies (AMCOS), as public enterprises, are supposed to offer quality services to their members. This study sought to assess service&nbsp; quality and farmer satisfaction with the service provided by AMCOS in Kilombero and Mvomero districts, Tanzania. The study specifically determined the quality of services offered by AMCOS in relation to member satisfaction. Lastly, the study determined the level of&nbsp; members’ satisfaction with the services offered by AMCOS. The study adopted a cross-sectional research design whereby 189 members&nbsp; of AMCOS were interviewed. Data processing and analysis were guided by the servqual Model. Through the model, five dimensions&nbsp; (tangible, reliability, responsiveness assurance, and empathy) were tested to find the gap that exists between perception and expectation&nbsp; of the service offered by AMCOS. The findings showed that Tangible was the most deficient dimension of service quality offered by AMCOS, and the overall service quality or customer satisfaction index was 54%, indicating that more needs to be done to&nbsp; improve the quality of services. On the level of satisfaction, the majority of the members were less satisfied with the services offered.&nbsp; Conclusively; AMCOS in the study area offered a range of services, but social services were inadequate. The difference between&nbsp; expectation and perception is negative, implying that members of AMCOS expected more than what was offered by their organisation.&nbsp; The study recommends that AMCOS leaders work on the deficiencies to improve service qualities for their members so as to raise the&nbsp;&nbsp; customer satisfaction index.</p> Anderson G. Rwela Copyright (c) 2023 Thu, 07 Dec 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Table of contents <p>Table of contents</p> Authors Copyright (c) 2023 Tue, 28 Nov 2023 00:00:00 +0000