This paper focuses on local economic development in the Free State of South Africa. As a mainly rural province, it allows us to address questions about what can be learned from the Rural Economic and Enterprise Development framework in respect of rural enterprise development, local economic development, and the elaboration of integrated development plans in South Africa. In addition the paper provides an analysis of two local municipal level integrated development plans in the Free State, Republic of South Africa. The analysis is considered on an ex-ante basis in terms of contemporary local economic development and Rural Economic Enterprise Development (REED) approaches.
Davis, J., Tavasci, D., Marais, L., Fostering Rural and Local Economic Development in the Free State of South Africa. Working Note, 2006, Natural Resources Institute, 44 pp.