Local and Regional Economic Development – Towards a common framework for GTZ’s LRED interventions in South Africa

Anja Ruecker, Gabriele Trah / GTZ, Divsion 41 Economic Development and Employment 2007, This handbook for LRED practitioners is based on GTZ’s recent experience in supporting Local and Regional Economic Development (LRED) in South Africa. It enriches and enhances GTZ’s general conceptual approach to LRED with practical experiences, further concepts and additional tools based on the LRED experience of a variety of programmes. These programmes provide a diverse range of knowledge and experience by looking at LRED from different angles, such as Rural Economic and Enterprise Development (REED), Local Economic Development (LED) and Community-based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM). This handbook presents the result of these efforts: a common framework on LRED, which aims to enable LRED practitioners – implementers and designers of projects, programmes or initiatives – to approach LRED from a strategic and conceptual angle, which can guide the application of tools and instruments and orient the facilitation of LRED processes in different contexts. http://www2.gtz.de/wbf/doc/gtz_LRED_manuscript_ii.pdf