In Search of Public Sector-Private Sector Partnerships for Local Economic Development in South Africa

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Abstract

Partnerships between the public sector and private sector are considered to be important foundations for successful local economic development (LED) planning. This article analyses the multiple challenges that need to be addressed in forging viable LED partnerships between the public sector and private sector in South Africa. The findings are examined from a national survey conducted in 2009 with 30 business chamber associations across South Africa. The results point to markedly differing perceptions of the private sector and local government towards LED, questions of trust and mistrust between private sector and the public sector, and highlight the imperative for greater dialogue in order to provide the foundations for local partnerships for promoting LED.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-456
Number of pages16
JournalUrban Forum
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Local economic development
  • Partnerships
  • South Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies

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