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Local economic development in Africa: Global context and research directions


  • Christian Rogerson
  • Jayne Rogerson


This paper locates local economic development research and practice in Africa in a global context. It provides an overview of the international development of local economic development (LED), of its contested definitions and theoretical status, and of existing scholarship on the topic of LED policy and practice specifically across sub-Saharan Africa. Currently there is much more LED research available for South Africa than for the other sub-Saharan African countries. The paper highlights the need for this imbalance to be redressed.

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  • Christian Rogerson & Jayne Rogerson, 2010. "Local economic development in Africa: Global context and research directions," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 27(4), pages 465-480.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:27:y:2010:i:4:p:465-480
    DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2010.508577

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    1. Rogerson Christian M. & Rogerson Jayne M., 2014. "Agritourism and local economic development in South Africa," Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series, De Gruyter Open, vol. 26(26), pages 1-14, December.
    2. Merwe Clinton David van der, 2014. "Battlefields Tourism: The status of heritage tourism in Dundee, South Africa," Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series, De Gruyter Open, vol. 26(26), pages 1-19, December.
    3. Diederik de Boer & Meine Pieter van Dijk, 2016. "Success Factors for Community Business Wildlife Tourism Partnerships in Tanzania," The European Journal of Development Research, Palgrave Macmillan;European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), vol. 28(4), pages 555-570, September.


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