Regional Planning And Regional Development Strategies

1575 Words Apr 5th, 2016 7 Pages
Regional planning literature, for instance Barca (2009) suggests that there are various strategies which can be used to stimulate development (regional/national) and these can be categorised into classes, including inter alia, place neutral and place based development strategies. This paper however, dwells much on the analysis of the arguments levelled in support of placed based development strategies as a recipe for regional development, with reference to Zimbabwe’s provinces. By and large, development is a very broad and illusive concept hence there is no consensus among scholars as to what really constitutes development. Barca (2011) argues that ‘place-based’ development strategies or mechanisms are partially a response to the perceived failures of earlier regional development strategies and focus instead on tackling underutilised economic potential and reducing social exclusion, through supply of integrated goods and services tailored to local contexts and triggering innovation, which is critical to regional economic growth. In distinguishing place based development strategies from traditional development strategies, Barca (2011:221) argues that, ‘place-based approaches to regional development put greater emphasis on arguing that, the well-being of each and every individual also depends on the context in which he or she lives’. Critical to note however, is the fact that if regional development is to be effected in Zimbabwe’s provinces, there is need to integrate place…
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