Skills and Sustainable Development in Suame Magazine
About this Study
Industrial clusters can provide jobs for Africa’s growing population, enabling families to survive, educate their children, and perhaps move out of poverty. In today’s increasingly knowledge-intensive and globalized economy, however, these clusters also face serious challenges. In Ghana, one of the major constraints is the lack of skills training to improve jobs and working conditions in these industrial clusters.
Suame Magazine is an industrial cluster in Kumasi, Ghana, where many artisans are involved in activities like metal cutting, grinding, drilling, welding, painting, and electrical repair. The cluster is based on geographic proximity as well as sectoral concentration where resilience and creativity are often attributed to a shared spirit of openness and collaboration. For this reason, this case study will use the example of Suame Magazine to study informal sector skills training within the context of providing skills relevant to local needs. This work may shed light on the issues and offer perspectives to guide policy makers, development practitioners, training providers, and the artisans of the cluster themselves.