The price of development?
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CTA. 2001. The price of development?. Rural Radio Resource Pack 01/4. Wageningen, The Netherlands: CTA.
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Around ten years ago the government of the Gambia earmarked a strip of land along the Atlantic coast for tourism development. More recently, land in the same area is being used to provide affordable housing for civil servants. The chief of one village affected by these policies describes the problem of land shortage he now faces.
The price of development? Cue: There is a saying that you can?t make an omelette without breaking eggs. Sometimes the implementation of development policies can also have unfortunate, but unavoidable side-effects. Ten years ago the Gambian government took from the traditional land holders, a half mile deep strip of land on the Atlantic coastline. The land was set aside for the development of tourist facilities, in an attempt to boost the tourist sector and the Gambian economy. More recently, the government has taken more land in the area, in order to provide accommodation for low paid civil servants. Ismaila Senghore went to Kerr Sereign Njaga, a village 35 km west of The Gambia?s capital Banjul. He spoke to the alkalo, or chief of the village, Omar Bittaye, about the problem of land shortage which he now faces. IN: