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The promotion of community participation in local economic development (LED) projects to alleviate poverty in the Thulamela Municipality

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dc.contributor.author Netshakhuma, Mpfareleni Mavis
dc.date.accessioned 2008-07-14T11:22:11Z
dc.date.available 2008-07-14T11:22:11Z
dc.date.issued 2008-07-14T11:22:11Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/796
dc.description.abstract At present, many national and local governmental programmes initiated to promote greater economic growth as well as alleviating poverty and unemployment include, among others, Local Economic Development (LED) poverty alleviation projects. LED poverty alleviation projects which are the focus of this study typically concentrate on empowering vulnerable groups, especially women and the disabled to improve their livelihoods by providing them with rural infrastructure, employment opportunities as well as training. It is evident that the need to address poverty and inequality has been firmly placed at the centre of the nation’s agenda. Several poverty audits have been undertaken, and a range of policy documents and strategies have been developed to address this crucial issue. The LED strategy is a locally driven process by which public, business and the non-governmental sector partners work collectively to create better conditions for economic growth and employment generation in order to sustain livelihood and to improve future economic prospects. This study explored the concept of poverty as understood globally and investigated the perspectives and poverty alleviation approaches in developing countries and in South Africa against the background of certain developing countries’ trends, especially LED. The study also determined the meaning of the concept of LED within the South African context and investigated the historical legislative milieu of LED, the key role players and strategies as well as an investigation on how this relates to the implementation strategy of LED implementation projects in the Thulamela Municipality. This study also assessed whether LED initiatives, and in particular, LED projects are successful toward alleviating poverty in the Thulamela Municipality in the Limpopo province. Specific critical issues addressed in this study include the determination of the socio-economic development benefits derived by the projects’ participants in the Thulamela Municipality towards unemployment and poverty alleviation as well as the sustainability of the projects. en
dc.description.sponsorship Prof. C. J. Auriacombe en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Community development en
dc.subject Economic development projects en
dc.subject Limpopo (South Africa) en
dc.title The promotion of community participation in local economic development (LED) projects to alleviate poverty in the Thulamela Municipality en
dc.type Thesis en


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