Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Benjamin Ofori-Amoah, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Lucius Hallett IV, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Nicholas Padilla, Ph.D.


Clustering, economic development, Ghana, industrial location, industrial policies, industrialization

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Industrialization has been the weakest link in Ghana’s economic development efforts. Import-substitution industrialization policy of the 1960s-1980s and the outward liberalized industrialization policy of 1990-2020 (Vision 2020), have failed to achieve the goals of industrialization. This is due to several reasons including the selfish interests of these political leaders and lack of technological advancement. In 2017, the elected New Patriotic Party (NPP), announced a new industrialization policy known as “one district, one factory" (1D1F), which was a political campaign promise to realign industrial strategies. The goal of this policy is to ensure that industries are spread equitably among the country's 261 districts and to boost economic development. This thesis examines the efficacy of this 1D1F industrialization policy within the context of Ghana’s failed industrialization policies in the past. Analysis of data collected through online surveys and supplemented with in-depth interviews show that the new 1D1F industrialization policy will face problems like past industrialization policies. Suggestions and recommendations are offered to ensure the long-term viability and success of the policy.