In this paper, and the last in the series, attention is focused on the procedural issues of LED. Three main approaches are considered. However, two have been compared to a suggested approach advocated by Blakely and Leigh (2010). To do this comparison, two local economic development plans have been examined with reference to Blakely and Leigh (2010) framework for preparing a local economic development plan. According to Blakely and Leigh (2010), there are six phases in the local economic development process; namely data gathering and analysis, selecting a LED strategy, selecting LED projects, building action plans, specifying project details, overall development plan preparation and implementation. Subsequently, the various expectations articulated by the authors have been used as indicative reference points in comparing these plans. The first plan reviewed is the LED Plan for the City of St. Michael in Alaska and this is aimed to guide LED interventions from 2011 to 2015. The second is the LED for the Municipality of Shkodra. This plan spans between 2005 and 2015.
A series on "Development, Planning and Politics" in Ghana. The series will discuss issues of development and poverty reduction from policy, implementation to impacts of development interventions in Ghana. Discussions will encompass local, national and international issues and will include sector-wide and/or multi-sector wide issues. Similar to the Local Economic Development and Urban Poverty series, theory and practice will feature in the discussions. However, issues of practice will feature prominently.