Established in 2009, the national Centre for Local Economic Development (CENLED) is based at the University of Johannesburg and it aims to professionalise the careers of LED practitioners working in local government.
The “Turnaround strategy for Local Government” confirms the need for professionals in the LED field. LED is a focus point and compulsory in terms of this strategy and the Constitution. CENLED will be introducing training courses, workshops and seminars that will assist practitioners to become internationally certified by the International Economic Development Council. Practitioners will have to adhere to a code of conduct and life- long learning will ensure practitioners are up to date with the best practices in LED.