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Assessing the role of Local Economic Development Agencies in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-22 en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-12T12:15:09Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-12T12:15:09Z
dc.date.issued 2018-05-22 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/12237
dc.description.abstract There is a growing recognition of the role of subnational institutions in addressing some of the foremost developmental challenges that South Africa is facing; however, subnational institutions have been mired in inefficiencies and capacity challenges in leading local development. This has led to the establishment of Local Economic Development Agencies as institutions which were expected to give impetus to local economic development and accelerate local government???s responses to unemployment, poverty and inequalities. Yet little is known about the efficiency of Local Economic Development Agencies in addressing the key failures of local economic development. This article employed a qualitative approach in which semi-structured interviews were undertaken with key gatekeepers. The article assessed the roles and functions of Local Economic Development Agencies in addressing key local economic development failings through a case study of three Local Economic Development Agencies in South Africa. The results indicate that while Local Economic Development Agencies do solve the implementation problem, their efficiency is undermined by the lack of coordination of roles and functions in the local governmentled development landscape. Furthermore, the roles and functions of Local Economic Development Agencies are limited, constrained and do not necessarily adhere to the premise that led to their establishment. Local Economic Development Agencies thus lack the appropriate legitimate mandate to be the main economic development structure, due to their own inherent capacities. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.title Assessing the role of Local Economic Development Agencies in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume April en
dc.BudgetYear 2018/19 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle Local Economy en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10380 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=20005 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 9343 en
dc.bibliographictitle Khambule, I. & Mtapuri, O. (2018) Assessing the role of Local Economic Development Agencies in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. <i>Local Economy</i>. April:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2018 en
dc.contributor.author1 Khambule, I. en
dc.contributor.author2 Mtapuri, O. en


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