Enock Jengre ORCID logo, Stephen D. Kpinpuo



This study investigates the factors that influence youth participation in local level governance in Ghana, a developing country. The Upper West Region was selected as a case study for this research. Through focus group discussions and in-depth interviews, as well as analysis of policy documents, the study reveals that the youth are more skillful in the use of technology and other strategic interventions to help address local, national, and global issues. Nonetheless, they are often marginalized and discriminated by their older partners at the Wa Municipal Assembly (WMA). Factors such as institutional barriers, partisan politicking, and inadequate resources account for much of the limitations placed on youth participation in the WMA. Given that the youth constitute more than half of Ghana`s population and 36% of the population of Wa, it is important to rethink the place of the youth in the management of the Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies.

Keywords: Youth Participation, Leadership, Human Resources, Local Governance, Democracy

JEL Classification: O2, O5, R58

Received: 16.01.2019
Accepted: 11.03.2019
Published online: 12.06.2019

How to cite this paper: Jengre, E., & Kpinpuo, S. D. (2019). Participation of youth in local level governance: developing country case study. Corporate Governance and Organizational Behavior Review, 3(2), 8-18.

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