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

THE 2018 UKZN/EDTEA Bursary Applicants are NOW OPEN  

Following qualifications: 

3. Masters Research Dissertation
4. PhD
5. Post PhD 

The EDTEA/UKZN Bursary Application Criteria : 

Applications open from 01 August until 31 October 2017.

  1.  The APPLICANT must apply for their academic qualification, through the Graduate School of Business & Leadership ( GSB&L).
  2. Students who owe fees to UKZN must settle them in full, prior, to applying for the bursary
  3. Once  the student is accepted by the GSB&L, for their qualification, the student can then proceed with their online bursary application, provided that their fees have been settled in full.
  4.  Download and complete the bursary application form HERE .
  5.  Email completed online bursary application forms, with certified copies of previous qualifications( not later than 3 months), CV and motivation to rledibursary@ukzn.ac.za, for consideration.   

Note: EDTEA and UKZN are aware that students completing their qualifications in 2017, will receive their results in 2017 or early 2018, in the case where students who would sit for their supplementary examinations in November / December of 2017. The successful bursary candidates will be notified in January of 2018, prior to the start of the 2018 GSB&L academic programme.    

There are limited bursaries available. 

Email: rledibursary@ukzn.ac.za for further information. 


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    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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Contact Info

Westville Campus

Phone: 031 260 8670 
E-mail: rledi@ukzn.ac.za