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Title: Strategic targeting of development policies to a complex region: A GIS-based stratification applied to Uganda

Date Published: 2003
Author/s: Ruecker, Gerd Robert; Park, Soojin; Ssali, Henry; Pender, John L.
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Funding Agency : German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-Operation and Development (BMZ), the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and IFPRI
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Journal Publisher: econstor- Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF) Center for Development Research
Affiliation: Center for Development Research,


It is often the case that national policies are not necessarily suitable at lower
administrative levels due to the spatial complexity of natural and socio-economic resources
within a country. That complexity of resources can be resolved by spatial modeling of natural
and socio-economic variation. We propose a new GIS-based stratification algorithm to
demarcate homogenous development domains at national level and applied that algorithm to
Uganda. Based on that stratification, we assembled various spatial information to assess
comparative advantages and disadvantages of these development domains for potential pathways
of economic development. We expect that our stratification strategy may help policy makers and
regional planners to target development investments more efficiently towards sustainable
agriculture in Uganda