About LED

What is LED?

The fundamental difference between LED and traditional one-dimensional approaches to economic development, such as national industrial policy, technology transfer or SME support initiatives, infrastructure upgrading, urban planning or skills …

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Why LED?

Both internationally and in South Africa, there have been vigorous debates as to how best to promote local and regional economies as a way to fight poverty. But why has this debate gained such momentum in recent years, in particular in development …

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How to do LED?

There are a number of important potential areas of intervention - and intervention strategies for LED. There are different possible initiatives with various tools helping to implement them. LED facilitation can hardly address all kind of initiatives, …

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Who is involved in LED?

LED is a complex process which needs the active involvement of a wide variety of stakeholders. In order to bring these stakeholders together in a meaningful and effective way, it is important to have a clear concept of the different actors and …

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Experiences in LED

Understanding LED as an incremental process includes looking at it as a constant learning process. New situations, ideas, opportunities and threats challenge the local stakeholders and their LED management structure every day and produce innovative thinking, which, regardless if the decisions taken prove to be successful or not, generates experience and learning.

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