Governance and Local Economic Development in Three Southern African Countries: Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe

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Prudence Khumalo

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The Local Economic Development (LED) terrain in Southern Africa is punctuated by a high attrition rate of initiatives, which triggers both development practitioners and scholars to search for solutions to this challenge. This work explores the centrality of Governance in the process of LED implementation. The thrust of the work is to explore governance issues that may help improve economic development performance of localities in Southern Africa. The article unpacks both concepts with a goal of uncovering essential linkages so as to determine what entails good governance for LED. Despite its popularity as one of the vehicles to attaining Millennium Development goals, LED has had a number of setbacks in its implementation. This work endeavours to critically examine the aspect of governance as a key factor in the success of LED. Using lenses of bottom-up approach to development, the governance challenges are discussed as some of the main setbacks to the success of LED in the region. Subsequently, the article discusses the possible ways of strengthening governance for the success of Local Economic Development.

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Khumalo, P. (2018). Governance and Local Economic Development in Three Southern African Countries: Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Alternation Journal, 25(1), 68-88. Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/soa/article/view/1089
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