ABSTRACT

Before the 2007 floods many local and international organizations working in the area focused on the problem of drought. So the author interested in learning about how the new focus on climate change and flooding may have changed the way the local practitioners carry out and perceive their work. The author was in the Upper East Region of Ghana in order to interview local Ghanaian development practitioners. In 2007, the area experienced major and unusual flooding, and there is general agreement, locally as well as globally, that there is a link to climate change. People in the area are therefore worried that flooding may become a recurrent problem. Albert and Dennis were two insightful local development practitioners, they come from two different organizations and they eagerly discuss the questions that author rose. Organizations that used to work primarily with longer-term development issues are feeling the need to get involved with shorter-term relief work.