Helms School of Government


Doctor of Philosophy


Gerald P. Regier


development plan, Ghana Vision 2020, National Development Planning Commission


Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration


The purpose of this qualitative research case study is to collect, investigate, and assess Ghanaian citizens’ and political leaders’ perspectives and viewpoints regarding the success or failure of Ghana Vision 2020 and the challenges facing developing nations. The study used a descriptive approach to examine Ghana’s Vision 2020 and the country’s development challenges using a descriptive methodology and primary and secondary sources. The 105 participants for the study included 65 males and 40 females living in Ghana. The theoretical framework of this study are modernization, globalization, and dependency theories. To that end, the study set out to investigate the question: What are the perspectives of Ghanaian political leaders and citizens on whether Ghana’s Vision 2020 has been effective? Based on the research question, data were obtained from personnel from Ghana National Development Planning Commission, politicians, chiefs and ordinary citizens above 18-years residing in urban and rural Ghana. To collect data for this study, I met with qualified participants in their locations and public spaces to convey the study’s objective. Tapes and cell phone recordings were used to record interviews to ensure the accuracy of data transcription. All data were manually analyzed utilizing a “data analysis spiral.” It was accomplished by organizing ideas, reading and noting emergent ideas and reflections, and classifying, evaluating, and evaluating interpretations. After repeatedly listening to the audio recordings, an inventory of ideas was compiled. The study’s large number of participants necessitated using Excel sheets to record interview-derived participant thoughts and topics.