International Journal of Developing Societies 2018-12-01T21:51:39+00:00 Editor Open Journal Systems <p>The International Journal of Developing Societies (IJDS) is a peer-reviewed journal. It provides an opportunity for critical and interdisciplinary perspectives on developing countries with special reference to social, political, cultural, and economic issues. The journal publishes four issues per year.</p> Widowhood rite: An infringement on the rights of widows in Bongo. 2018-12-01T21:47:52+00:00 Doris Fiasorgbor <p>Some traditional societies tend to believe that when a man dies, it is because his wife is an unlucky woman whose ill-luck has caused her husband’s death (source). In some communities in Ghana, it is this belief that underlines the treatment that a woman goes through when her husband dies. In these communities, there is a strong belief that such a woman is likely to bury a second and a third husband that is if she can find one. Women’s complex roles in the socio-economic sector contribute greatly to the growth of the economy. Widowhood rites are not only practiced in Ghana but everywhere in Africa. Studies have also shown that the tenets of the rites differ from one area to another. However, in all cases, it is the widow who bears the brunt and brutalities associated with the practices. The main aim of this study, therefore, is to assess the effects of widowhood in Bongo and how it infringes on the rights of women/widows. The study was conducted in the Bongo District in the Upper East Region. The District is a multi-ethnic one with two (2) major ethnic groups dominating, that is, the Bosis who are from Bongo central and some part of the District while the Frafras are at the outskirts of Bongo. The study used a mixed method where both qualitative and quantitative techniques were employed. A sample of ninety-five (95) widows/widowers and non-widows/widower in the Bongo community formed the population of the study. Snowball and simple random sampling techniques were employed to select the widows/widowers and the non-widows/ Data were collected from mid-October to early November 2018. Generally, most of the various rites identified by this study widows unquestionably constitute an infringement on the human rights and freedom of the widows. As a result, these recommendations are made that the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) should educate women on their rights and Government should effectively implement existing gender equality policies.</p> 2018-12-01T21:47:52+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Challenges and Prospects of Good Local Governance in Ethiopia: the Case of Kemisie Town, Ethiopia 2018-12-01T21:51:39+00:00 Shimellis Hailu Dessie <p>This paper discusses about the prevalence of good governance in some selected public institutions of Kemisie town, Amhara region, Ethiopia. To do this the researcher used pragmatic paradigm, mixed research approach. Both primary and secondary sources of data were used. To collect sound primary information interviews, FGD and questionnaires were employed. As well 206 sample populations were participated. Using five core elements of good governance the researcher reach upon the following conclusions; the general assessment of performance of good governance in Kemisie town shows that there are some progresses in establishing legal and institutional base for good governance but in terms of practices the study come across mixed results. The town achieves some progress in enhancing popular participation, government offices transparency and government accountability with some limitation. However, the government performance in terms of effectiveness and efficiency and combating corruption is not satisfactory. The practices of good governance in the town is challenged by harmful traditional practices, human trafficking, inter-house hold killing, religious fundamentalism, land related conflicts, petty corruption, partisanship and bureaucrats skills and ethical problems. Hence, the study implies that there is the need for national attention to control illegal immigration-human trafficking which is the ongoing humiliating activities in the area. Also, it needs comprehensive attitudinal change works on revenge which is the major problematic cause of killing and harmful traditional practices in the area.</p> 2018-07-20T14:56:29+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##