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The role of district capitals in regional development: linking small towns, rural-urban linkages and decentralisation in Ghana

1 Jan 2005
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Ghana's decentralisation programme involves the strengthening of district capitals (defined in this paper as small towns) as focal points for the socio-economic development of districts. Few studies have, however, been done on the role of district capitals and the linkages between these centres and their hinterlands as a basis for evaluating the effectiveness of the strategy. This paper provides a conceptualised and analytical model for examining the role of district capitals and rural-urban linkages in regional development in Ghana. The model is operationalised using two district capitals in the central region as a case study. The paper identifies four critical factors in operationalising the model: small towns' production and service functions; proximity and accessibility to higher-order centres; national macro-economic policies; and the impact of Ghana's decentralisation programme. It concludes that the desired goals of the strategy can be achieved by a genuine decentralisation policy and supportive district development policies formulated at the national level.

Publication Details
Volume: 
Vol.27
Issue: 
No.1
Publication Place: 
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Language: 
English
Published year only: 
2005
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