|M.Sc Student||Gabriel Dapaah|
|Subject||Enterpreneuriae Actioity in Rural Setteements|
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisor||Professor Daniel Czamanski|
The inability of most developing countries to discard their clothes of poverty is a source of worry to many concerned people. More often than not, economic policies and development strategies from abroad have been applied as blue prints in developing countries but without success.
The Centre-Down development paradigm otherwise known as the “Development from Above” has been found inapplicable in most developing countries. The “Trickle-Down” or “Spread” effects thought to be associated with this development paradigm has not been forthcoming, thus rural and lower centres have not benefited from the dominated urban investment policies of their governments. This policy is diametrically opposed to the ‘Development from Below” which is being recommended for developing countries as a measure to solve the plight, deprivation, and degradation of their rural settlements.
Ghana as a developing country suffers from the same problem. This thesis discusses spatial development strategies as they apply to developing countries and Ghana in particular. The study examines the potentialities of entrepreneurship and rural industrialization in bridging the rural-urban development cleavage and discrepancy. It draws examples from the experiences of Ghana in the field of the key concepts of rural entrepreneurship, rural industrialization, and rural spatial development.