District Strategic Planning - Advantages and Limitations

  • Strategic planning provides a long-term vision, it is more than simply the sum of all village plans.
  • The strategic plan focuses on development potentials and how best these can be tapped in the long-term.
  • The plan provides a bold attempt to vision the district or region’s future, whereby realistic but nevertheless ambitious objectives are defined.
  • The strategic plan provides a basis for politicians and communities to discuss how best they can tap the existing development potentials.
  • The plan requires a consensus to be achieved between politicians, the communities and the administration.
  • The plan guides both medium and short-term investment so that the long-term objectives can be achieved.
  • Compromises between political wishes, community needs and requirements and private sector interests may not be "bridgeable" in the long-term.
  • The long-term vision may seem "impossible" to achieve and may thus frighten decision-makers from making bold decisions.
  • Active participation of all communities is difficult to organise and expensive task.
  • Community participation may cause expectations to rise, many of the expectation can only be achieved in the long-term.
  • Communities may prefer short-term immediate benefits rather than longer-term benefits, this will influence their choice of the district strategy.
  • The strategic plan may simply become a desk study and it may not be used regularly as an input into medium and short-term plans.