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LEDNA Blog aims to be the key interactive spot of the LEDNA community! It is a space where you express in greater detail your opinions, share your field experiences and open discussion around given topic. We invite you to explore this space further.
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African Competitiveness Report

The Global Competitiveness Report has been published and again a lot of African countries can be found at the very bottom of the ranking list.

The African Competitiveness Report was released by the African Development Bank, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum and takes stock of African competitiveness.

Here are some key findings:

posted by: mducker


Global Entrepreneurship Week

Looking for Entrepreneurs!

posted by: ledna-team


Slogan competition for LEDNA

Develop a slogan for LEDNA !

Members of LEDNA are invited to join the competition. Formulate the best slogan and win a voucher worth 50 Euro.

Deadline is 1st November 2009.

Conditions for participation:

The Competition is open to LEDNA members and the slogan must be a very catchy phrase that summarises well the purpose of LEDNA.

To participate, send your slogan to

posted by: hayford


Mosquito Revolution, a Dawn on Africa

In the not too exciting efforts across Africa to eradicate Malaria from sub-continental Africa, we wish to keep the media and the citizens of Africa abreast on the challenges ahead as some committed leaders prepare their boots for show down across the continent to defeat Mosquitoes and thereby eradicate the scourge of Malaria from the African citizenry.


posted by: Gwen-Swinburn


Simplification of Business Regulation at the Sub-National Level

Following the blog entries on national enabling environment sucesses reported by Sonja, LEDNA members may be interested in this report on simplification of business regulation at the sub national level 

posted by: Sonja-Ende


Mauritius Moves into Top 20 Economies on Overall Ease of Doing Business

The recent Doing Business Report of World Bank came out with new rankings on the ease of doing business in 183 coutries.Doing Business analyses regulations that apply to an economy's businesses during their life cycles, including start-up and operations, trading across borders, paying taxes, and closing a business.


posted by: Sonja-Ende


Rwanda world leading top reformer

The new World Bank's "Doing Business" Report is out now and surprises with sensational news: Rwanda is the world leader on reforms!

posted by: Sonja-Ende


Slum tourism - contributing to economic development?

There is an interesting blog post on "Slum Safaris" on Africa News. A tour operator is offering sightseeing tours to Africa's largest slum: Kenya's notorious slum Kibera - close to Nairobi. Indeed Kibera Tours is not the first nor will it be the last outfit trying to make money out of poverty. Tourists seeking such experiences can go to Dharavi in Mumbai - the biggest slum in Asia, the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, South Africa's townships or even Mexico City's garbage dumps.

posted by: Gwen-Swinburn


Masters in Local and Regional Economic Development - LEDNA Input Please

Friends I have recently been asked about undergrad and masters programmes in LED based in Africa. I know we have several members who teach either whole degree courses in LED or teach LED or RED as part of broader courses (e.g.ecnomics, development planning, urban planning and so on. Can I ask through this blog that we as a team share what we know about courses, individual subject or entire degree. We have students and recently graduated students, lets find out where and what you studied, not just in Africa but beyond please.

posted by: Gwen-Swinburn


More approaches to LED

Take a look here for UNBIASED resources to the main approaches to local ecoomic development. On the LEDNA platform when we set it up we tried to include the broad range of approaches that were known and available in the public domain.