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Volume :44 Issue : 168 2018      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Issues of Imbalanced Regional Development in Saudi Arabia, the Region of Al-Baha Province : A Case Study.

Auther : Prof. Taher A. Ledraa

     The paper starts by discussing the issue of regional disparities in Saudi Arabia with a special focus on Al-Baha Province. It starts by outlining development inequalities between regions and within the region itself. In its case study, the current paper explains some regional disparities in Al-Baha Province, which suffers huge developmental imbalances between its major city and the smaller territorial units located in its rural hinterland. Then the paper discusses the indices in order to reveal the intra-regional disparities within the region of the case-study. In the light of its findings, the study hypothesizes that the experience gained so far in pursuing social assistance and sector-based policies has fallen short of inducing regional development that may adjust the existent imbalances between the territorial units. It, therefore, argues for a shift towards introducing a new set of territorially-based development policies. Such policies would be more likely to foster a locally-based development in each and every spatial unit throughout the region. The paper concludes that it is important to abandon the conventional sector-based development policies that seem to have exacerbated the problem of regional disparities, and to embrace territory-based policies that may lead to locally based development take-off. Policies that insist on local population empowerment, investment in human capital, and effective public participation in the process of development can help mitigate many developmental issues at the local level.
 

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