Local Economic Development (LED) – better expressed as developing local economies – is essentially an outcome: the result of the creation & support to an environment in which employment is created and retained in small to medium businesses, co-operatives and social enterprises. The farming community is a major player in local economic development in areas such as Limpopo which has an important rural economy. A key to developing such a local economy lies in the awareness & capacity to create such an environment, through a high level of co-operation between the public, private & non-profit sectors, and the contribution they can make to collectively achieving key landmarks such as the Millennium Goals & the Limpopo Employment, Growth & Development Plan.
LLEDRC is uniquely situated in achieving these landmarks, as a non-profit Association incorporated under Section 21 of the Companies Act. Its Board members reflect the basic stakeholder alliance, consisting of senior officials and representatives in Limpopo Province from CoGHSTA, the University of Limpopo and SALGA.
The principle aim of LLEDRC is to contribute to the reduction of poverty, unemployment and marginalisation in South Africa and in Limpopo Province in particular, and to contribute to the attaining of the Millennium Goals, by stimulating job creation and the development of local economies, small businesses and co-operatives, through community participation and empowerment.
The work of the LLEDRC is carried out through four interlinked supporting Units:
1. Training & Capacity Building (see attached flyer of short courses offered by LLEDRC)
2. Policy & Research
3. Knowledge & Information
4. Project Development & Implementation
Through our Training & Capacity Building Unit we render services particularly to the district & local municipalities including communities to improve their economies. In this respect, the scope of the LLEDRC’s initial accreditation with LG-SETA has been extended to include Agri-SETA, Forestry SETA, and Services SETA to enable the extensive area of training and capacity to be adequately covered by the Resource Centre’s service in order to satisfy growing demand.
LLEDRC undertakes and disseminates evidence-based policy-making research on pro-poor local economic growth, and manages and implements national and donor-funded programmes dealing with many aspects of pro-poor local economic development of a mainly rural nature. At the same time, it trains and capacitates office-bearers, councillors and officials, in government, municipal structures, co-operatives, and community property institutions to enable them better to develop their local economies.