The mobilization of internally generated fund and its effects on local economic development in the Wa Municipality

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August, 2015
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The study examined how IGF collection impacts on Local Economic Development. The case study research design was used to conduct this study. The Wa Municipality was selected as a single case. This study made use of questionnaires in order to obtain data from the diversity of respondents. Cluster sampling technique was used to select six (6) communities. Purposive sampling was used to select household heads as respondents to provide data for this study. The Wa Municipal Assembly has implemented, supported and facilitated the construction of infrastructural projects in the areas of roads, market facilities, Lorry Park, and the extension of electricity to communities. Provision of some level of business development services as well as skills training, counseling for businesses and individuals though on a limited scale is being achieved. Data from the Municipal Assembly indicates that other ways of increasing the performance of IGF is the outsourcing of IGF collection to private collectors. This is aimed at improving performance while at the same time providing job for the private sector. However, the limited IGF collection by the Assembly hinders the implementation of interventions. Also, the assembly’s revenue collectors have embarked on measures such as locking of shops and seizure of goods which are inimical to the development of local businesses and entrepreneurs. The study recommends that the Assembly should make its local contracts more accessible to artisans by making the bidding process more flexible so that local entities can bid for these contracts. It could also collaborate with the National Board for Small Scale Industries under the Rural Enterprises Project to provide business training, counseling and capital for business start-ups and expansions. This would enhance employment generation and improvement in income which will in turn provide avenues for revenue mobilization. It is also recommended that it embarks on revenue collection campaigns by educating the public on their obligations. This could be done by using religious and opinion leaders, as well as traditional authorities.
A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of Master of Science Degree in Development Policy and Planning.