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What can rural local governments contribute to private sector development?

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Abstract: This paper starts by exploring policies affecting the environment for private sector development, such as regulations, taxes and levies, and land and deed administration (economic governance). The next section investigates local government contributions to physical infrastructure: support for investments in roads, markets, electricity and marketplaces. The third section looks at natural resources management, particularly “the commons” such as forests, grazing lands and water bodies. Rural local governments have a key role to play in this. In section 4, the paper explore how local government procurement and market access-based measures can be used as another strategy to support the local private sector. Finally, creating space for exchange and dialogue and promoting coordination between private sector actors and other stakeholders, is also important for economic development. Local government has a mandate to promote dialogue and synergy. This set of activities, in which local government, business and nongovernmental sector partners work collectively to create better conditions for economic growth and decent employment generation, is what is often referred to as local economic development. This role is discussed in the last section.
Authors: Hilhorst, T. , Baltissen, G. , Lodenstein, E.
Series Title: KIT Working papers series
Category: Policy
Serial number: WPS.G2
Keywords: government , development policy , private sector
Language: eng
Organization: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
PAGE: ii, 14
Place: Amsterdam
Publisher: Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)
Year: 2008
Right: © 2008 Royal Tropical Institute. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported Licence.
Subject: Economic Development and Trade
Title: What can rural local governments contribute to private sector development?