This report draws on research conducted between 2000 and 2003 as part of the Sustainable Livelihoods in Southern Africa (SLSA) programme. The SLSA work has focused on the possibilities of new arrangements between the private sector, the state and local communities in encouraging investment, fostering local economic growth and employment and improving livelihoods. It is suggested that while many initiatives with a pro-poor labelling have been witnessed in the field, only a few are delivering results that benefit poor peoples livelihoods in any substantive way so far.
Mehta, L.; Scoones, I.; Ashley, C. The rural poor, the private sector and markets: Changing interactions in southern Africa. University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa (2003) 30 pp. ISBN 1-86808-578-3