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


June 22, 2018

GSB&L Hosts Local Economic Development Winter School

Effective Local Government for Radical Economic Transformation was the theme of the recently held Regional and Local Economic Development Initiative…
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May 30, 2018

Guest Lecture Explores Role of Small Towns in Post-Apartheid South Africa

The role of small towns in post-apartheid South Africa was the topic of a guest lecture delivered at the Graduate…
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March 27, 2018

Former GSB&L Champion Giving Former Substance Abusers a Second Chance

Entrepreneur and co-founder of Iziko Stoves Mr Lindo Duma is positively transforming the Durban community by employing rehabilitated substance abusers…
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March 27, 2018

Business School’s Young Researchers ready to Contribute to the Growth of LED

The Graduate School of Business and Leadership’s (GSB&L) Regional and Local Economic Development Initiative (RLEDi) celebrated the graduation of eight of its…
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March 27, 2018

UKZN Graduate School Hosts International Entrepreneurship Weekend for Women

The South African edition of the Global Startup Weekend Women (GSWW) was held for the first time in Durban this…
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March 27, 2018

Mission More Than Accomplished for Young Doctoral Graduate

When Dr Pfano Mashau joined UKZN’s Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) through its Regional and Local Economic Development…
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March 27, 2018

GSB&L’s Champions Programme’s Entrepreneurs are bringing Local Economic Development to their Communities

The Graduate School of Business and Leadership’s Regional Local Economic Development Initiativecelebrated the success of its Champions Programme as 12 social…
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