||What is Local Economic Development (LED)? What would ‘pro-poor’ LED consist of in South Africa? Are residual anti-poor strategies still being pursued? This report examines these questions and explores the still emerging discipline of LED in the context of globalisation. In particular, concern about the erosion of ‘public goods’ – whether local (e.g., women’s inequality soared) or global (public health epidemics) – has emerged in the wake of this period of intense globalisation, which this paper examines. Coming to the conclusion that to achieve LED, local municipalities need to provide adequate sanitation and water.
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