Evolving Local Economic Development Policy and Practice in South Africa with Special Reference to Smaller Urban Centres

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Abstract

Local economic development (LED) in South Africa has grown in significance since the 1994 democratic transition. This article examines the evolution of LED policy from 1995-2006 and specifically focuses upon the implications of the 2006 National Framework document. The 2006 LED Framework document is important as it represents the first national guidelines issued for LED in South Africa. The paper critically argues that a set of severe challenges faces LED in South African small towns and that LED policy needs to recognize these challenges and take on a specific focus on the needs of small towns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalUrban Forum
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Local Economic Development
  • South Africa
  • small towns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies

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