Welcome to Regional and Local Economic Development Initiative

Building Capacity for LED

Local Economic Development (LED) has been practiced globally by the state and communities as a response to locality-specific development problems. LED can provide a flexible and an effective approach to enhance economic growth and reduce poverty.

In KwaZulu-Natal, and in South Africa more broadly, there is a need to build the capabilities of those involved in development and transformation to improve the success of LED interventions.

After a successful pilot programme funded by Gijima KZN, The Regional and Local Economic Development Initiative was launched early in 2012. The initiative is fully funded and supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) and has an academic home at the Graduate School of Business and Leadership on the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Westville campus.

The initiative includes a coordinated and integrated programme of teaching, learning and applied research in LED. The main aim of the Programme is to overcome current gaps in capacity for LED in KwaZulu-Natal.

Programme Aims:

  • To promote LED research and learning
  • To build critical thinking in relation to LED
  • Continuing professional development
  • The creation of a professional network of LED graduates
  • To strengthen the implementation practice of LED institutions


To all 2017 UKZN/EDTEA Bursary Applicants for the following qualifications: 

1. Post Graduate Diploma (LED) 
2. Masters Coursework (LED Specialisation),
3. Masters Research Dissertation
4. PhD
5. Post PhD 

Please be advised that, if you had not been contacted by the UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU NATAL (UKZN) within two weeks of the closing date, kindly accept your application as unsuccessful. We thank you for your application.  


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  • GSB&L hosts Regional and Local Economic Development Initiative Winter School

    The recent launch of the Graduate School of Business and Leadership’s Regional and Local Economic Development (RLED) Winter School Festival saw RLED practitioners based within key RLED institutions in provincial, district and local level in government, business and civil society and academics commit to building skills and sharing knowledge for improved RLED practice aimed at achieving economic transformation to change people’s lives.
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  • Local Economic Development Challenges and Solutions Explored at Workshop

    Enhancing the understanding of the tools for Regional Economic Development and exchanging knowledge between government departments, institutions of higher learning and RLED practitioners was the goal of the Economies of Region Learning Network event hosted by the Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L).
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  • UKZN celebrates Youth Day with fair for young folk

    The Graduate School of Business and Leadership’s Regional and Local Economic Development Initiative (GSB&L’s RLEDI), in partnership with the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), hosted the inaugural Science, Technology, Innovation and Development Fair on Youth Day.
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Contact Info

Westville Campus

Phone: 031 260 8397 
E-mail: rledi@ukzn.ac.za