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Local Economic Development
Local economic development (LED) is globally recognised as a tool and solution to job creation and “jobless” economic growth. With unemployment, poverty and inequality at high levels in South Africa, LED needs to be implemented. LED is seen as the overall umbrella of solutions for socio-economic problems at the local level. LED is to a large extent a municipal function, with service delivery focused on the local level. This course has as it aim to train everybody that is involved in this process in a practical manner.

Purpose of the course:

To promote, develop and enhance the general knowledge levels and understanding of LED. Skills training will be provided to government officials, councillors and community development workers (CDW’s) in all three spheres of government, LED consultants, private business owners and students.

Admission requirements:

Learning assumed to be in place: 
3 years working experience if delegate did not pass grade 12. A basic knowledge of the field of development economics is required.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit

Outcomes

Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
Module 1 Students should be demonstate a basic understanding of the the place of LED within the broader economic planning environment
  • Provide an overview and setting of the scene for LED.
  • Explain the historical development of LED.
  • Understand the linkages of LED with spatial planning.
  • Understand the linkages with strategic planning.
  • Understand the linkages with project management.
  • Explain the role of LED in municipal planning
Module 2 Students should understand the theoretical development and approaches to LED
  • Define LED as concept.
  • Explain different LED concepts.
  • Understand various LED approaches.
  • Understand basic economic theories applicable to LED
Module 3 Students need to demonstate a contextual understanding of LED in South Africa
  • Define LED as concept.
  • Explain different LED concepts.
  • Understand various LED approaches.
  • Understand basic economic theories applicable to LED
Module 4 Students must have a basic knowledge of LED processes
  • Analysis of various LED processes utilized globally.
  • Understand the processes as prescribed by the World Bank, Blakely and others.
  • Explain the “Feza iSimangaliso” process prescribed for rural South Africa
Module 5 Students must analyse a selection of LED strategies and case studies
  • Provide an analysis of various international and local LED strategies (case studies).
  • Analyse the LED strategies of Fezile Dabi DM and Sedibeng DM
Module 6

Students should have a basic understanding of economic modelling techniques relevant to LED

  • Understand the socio-economic profiling process.
  • Explain the economic base analysis process.
  • Understand the concepts of “Location quotients”, shift-share analysis, input-output analysis

 

Assessment: 
Submission of 3 assignments (formative assessment) and oral exam with presentation (summative assessment). The 3 assignments will contribute 50% of the final mark while the oral exam with presentation will count for 50%.
Method of assessment: 
Assignment submission and oral assessment/presentation.

Additional information

P31 100 1
Mode of delivery: 
Contact
Target group: 
Government officials, councillors and CDW’s at all three spheres of government, LED consultants, private business owners and students.
Contact us
Name: 
Prof Wynand Grobler
Telephone number: 
016 910 3363