oa Africa Insight - Growth centre theory and village development

Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



The notion that certain urban centres or core regions represent the leading edge of most intensive economic development is one of the most widely accepted theories of geography. The concentration of many establishments at a centre promotes economic interaction, minimizes economic effort and the friction of distance and leads to sustained economic growth. The advantages of agglomeration are so pervasive that the nucleated settlement or central place is the characteristic expression of man in the cultural landscape. The economic geography of a territory in consequence consists of centres of intensive economic activities and of peripheral regions dependent on interchange with the core areas for much of their required goods and services.

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