Understanding the local area’s relative competitiveness and opportunities for collaboration requires looking at other municipalities or communities located nearby, within the same metropolitan area or region. Examining places outside the vicinity but that are similar in size or economic function may also lend understanding to the competitive environment in which the local area operates (see Action Document for some insights). This process can also serve to identify opportunities for complementary or cooperative economic development between communities. Seeking out opportunities to collaborate can help address local issues better and increase national and global competitiveness.

When Why
Analyzing Assessment
Comprehensive Analysis Check_mark
Implementing Community Infrastructure
Cultural and Arts
Human Resources
Natural Resources
Social Capital
Organizing Engagement
Partnership Building
Project Team Building
Planning Action Planning
Project Management
Reviewing Community Feedback
Process Evaluation
Project Evaluation
Topic Grow
Tool Details
Equipment/Facilities Needed
Expertise Needed Not Specified
Language English Only
Authors William Trousdale
This tool was made in Kenya
Publisher United Nations Human Settlement Program (UN-HABITAT)
Date Created January 2005
File Size 1425003
File Format application/pdf
Source Document Title Promoting Local Economic Development through strategic planning: Local Economic Development (LED) series
Source Document URL


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