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The Policy and Practice of Local Economic Development in Ghana

  • James Kwame MensahEmail author
  • Justice Nyigmah Bawole
  • Albert Ahenkan
  • Richardson Azunu


Local economic development (LED) has gained prominence as a feasible option to top–down development approaches that have generally been unsuccessful in generating significant and sustainable development at the local level. While LED has proven to be an attractive local development strategy, very little attention has been devoted to the policy and practice of LED in Ghana. This article fills this gap and contributes to the discussion and evidence of LED in sub-Saharan Africa. The article is the output of an examination of documentary sources on LED policies, practices and case studies in Ghana. We argue that while LED policy and practice in Ghana has been in existence for several years, local areas are still building their impetus for the initiative of their own economic development and find practical solutions that make sense in their milieu. It is crucial for local governments to develop LED actions plans, ensure effective participation of stakeholders, build in value chain and reduce politicisation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Business AdministrationUniversity of Professional Studies, AccraAccraGhana
  2. 2.Department of Public Administration and Health Services ManagementUniversity of Ghana Business SchoolAccraGhana

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