The Minister of Finance, Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta on March 2, 2017 presented to Parliament, the first Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the NPP Government.

As budget serve many purposes in an economy and could have medium to long-term repercussions for a country, it is incumbent on social scientists to examine the document critically and give their informed perspectives for policymakers and other stakeholders.

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In both policy and practice, the field of ‘development ‘ remains crowded in terms of actors, ideas, strategies and theories, and its meaning is shaped by the wide and varied socio-economic, cultural and political backgrounds of individuals and groups in the development arena.

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