Dynamics of Poverty Alleviation and Local Economic Development in Nigeria: Physical Planning Perspectives
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Department of Urban and Regional Planning University of Lagos
This paper studies physical planning perspectives to poverty alleviation and local economic development in Nigerian cities. Major issues examined include the proliferation of slums, citizen participation and globalisation as they affect urban and regional planning practice and the consequences for both environmental and economic development. It was discovered that environmental degradation and urban congestion can be controlled when the poverty level of the people is reduced. LED initiatives serve as opportunities for the planner to practice bottom up planning as against the top down planning of traditional approaches. It is also important for planners to take into consideration the economic status of those they are planning for. Globalisation presents new economic opportunities and risks for cities, regions and nations,therefore the contemporary planner must ensure that new town development and urban regeneration exerciese be aimed at developing globally competititive, visitor and business friendly communities. Recommendations include leverage planning, economic development services and advocacy.
Poverty Alleviation , Local Economic Development , Urban and Regional Planning , Research Subject Categories::FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING
Emmanuel. A & Lawanson. T. (2007): Dynamics of Poverty Alleviation and Local Economic Development in Nigeria: Physical Planning Perspectives in Urban and Regional Planning Review. 1 (2) 53-58