Drawing on research from primary and secondary sources, in four major sections, this paper examines the evolution of development as a concept, the meaning of development according to commonplace western institutional perception, the meaning of development according to local perceptions of Ghanaian university students, and a critique of the contrast through the overlaps and gaps in definition and language. In conclusion, this study has shown that imperialism is playing a noticeable role in the perception of the meaning of development including the indications of and the path to such a state for Ghanaian society.
Mayher, Jessamyn, "The Pursuit of Development in Ghana" (2003). African Diaspora ISPs. Paper 51.