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The Challenges Of Integrating Population Issues Into Development Planning In Ghana

B Solomon-Ayeh


Population dynamic is one of the prime factors for social, economic and technological change worldwide. As population size and composition change in an area, people have to adjust leading to innumerable alterations in the way society operates. The integration of population issues into development planning is crucial. However, for various reasons, the objective is not always met. The relevance of population dynamics and the use of popu-lation data in development planning are discussed. The extents to which demographic variables can be integrat-ed into the Medium Term Development Plans of 3 District Assemblies in Ghana were used as case studies to highlight the missing links or shortfalls. Strategies are therefore proposed for the best approach of integrating population issues into development planning in Ghana.

Journal of Applied Science and Technology Vol. 12 (1&2) 2007: pp. 140-146