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Implementing A Revenue Authority Model Of Tax Administration In Ghana: An Organizational Learning Perspective, Frank L. Kwaku Ohemeng, Francis Owusu May 2013

Implementing A Revenue Authority Model Of Tax Administration In Ghana: An Organizational Learning Perspective, Frank L. Kwaku Ohemeng, Francis Owusu

Community and Regional Planning Publications

The desire to increase domestic revenue mobilization has made tax reform a priority for governments in many developing countries. Addressing the tax problem, however, is often a complex process that involves reforming the tax system, as well as setting up effective administrative structures to administer that system. Many see the revenue authority (RA) model as the solution to these problems. Developing an RA model in Ghana began in the mid 1980s; it was not, however, fully operational and integrated until 2010. Using social learning theory, we argue that Ghana’s successful readoption of the RA model can be attributed to ...


Micro-Farming: Reducing Rural And Urban Food Deserts Through Job Training, Matt Mancuso Jan 2013

Micro-Farming: Reducing Rural And Urban Food Deserts Through Job Training, Matt Mancuso

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

The Dream to Farm: Micro-Farming program was created and extensive follow-up took place for a year afterwards. Participants were placed in three different categories: contributing, developing and not contributing to the local food system.


A Case Study On The Food Retail Environment Of Accra, Ghana, Shelley Jayne Oltmans Jan 2013

A Case Study On The Food Retail Environment Of Accra, Ghana, Shelley Jayne Oltmans

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The increased presence of modern/Western style food retail outlets is changing the food retail environment in many developing countries. This phenomenon, known as "supermarketization," is just recently taking off in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through a case study methodology, this research uses direct observation, retailer interviews, mapping, a food retail assessment and household surveys, first to describe the food retail environment of consumers in the neighborhood of Ashongman Estates, located in Accra, Ghana. Second, the study evaluates consumer access to food and consumer behavior related to retail outlets and food types. Results demonstrate that, although supermarkets have entered the food retail ...


Green Roof Biodiversity In Design: Influence Of Local And Contextual Attributes On Bird Usage, Henry Narigon Jan 2013

Green Roof Biodiversity In Design: Influence Of Local And Contextual Attributes On Bird Usage, Henry Narigon

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This purpose of this research is to identify how species of birds use urban green roofs in Iowa with the intent to eventually develop a set of guidelines for optimizing habitat on green roofs. Ten green roofs were observed for bird usage five times each between May to August, 2013 for a total of fifty observations. Birds were identified by species and their behavior was recorded during the duration of the observations. Data shows that birds use green roofs for a number of uses including foraging and gathering nest material. Bird diversity data was then compared with both green roof ...


Time To Grow Up: The Rise And Fall Of Spring Break In Fort Lauderdale, James Joseph Schiltz Jan 2013

Time To Grow Up: The Rise And Fall Of Spring Break In Fort Lauderdale, James Joseph Schiltz

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

While the 1960 release of Where the Boys Are truly institutionalized spring break as a rite of passage among American youth, the film also established Fort Lauderdale as a mecca for these collegiate pilgrimages. For the next quarter century, Fort Lauderdale was the unquestioned spring break capital of the United States. As students annually invaded their city thereafter, local residents developed a reluctant symbiotic relationship with the tradition. Although spring break was instrumental in fostering Fort Lauderdale's incredible postwar growth and carving the city's niche in Florida's emerging tourism industry, many citizens over the years grew concerned ...


Gender In The Modernist City: Shaping Power Relations And National Identity With The Construction Of Brasilia, Larissa Pires Jan 2013

Gender In The Modernist City: Shaping Power Relations And National Identity With The Construction Of Brasilia, Larissa Pires

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This study explores the period from 1956 to 1960, when Brazil officially relocated its political center from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia. It examines the complex process of defining national identity for Brazilian citizens in a frontier city, within the framework of conflicting racial, social, and gender roles and expectations. Methodologically, this work is based on an extensive research of Brasilia's public records, newspapers, and oral-history interviews with some of the men and women who lived and worked in Brasilia. Most of the primary sources used are found in Brasilia's Public Archives.

Building on existing scholarship, this work ...