Local Economic Developmenti friends, I am urgently looking for projects and practitioners engaged in Youth LED and Youth Entrepreneurship projects, in East Africa ideally, but also all over Africa. Let me know your soonest please and we can share then with donors interested specifically in these LED programme areas. Reply to my blog here, or if you prefer to firstname.lastname@example.org
posted by: Gwen-Swinburn25.02.2009
2009 has seen a good start for our first full year in operation. The network is building nicely and thanks to members like Jason Mukaya in East Africa, and others who are contributing comments, blogs, questions and links, we are now really getting some momentum amongst the membership. The South African practitioners have also committed to engaging with LEDNA members through blogging etc. This is all just great and what we hped and expected would happen once the platform was up and running.
posted by: Getaneh15.02.2009
ABSTRACT Market failures in rural finance and related issues of adverse selection, moral hazard, and transaction costs justify targeted interventions to ensure that services reach the poor and the un-banked sustainably. Service providers aiming at sustainability cannot rely on donor money and instead they have to generate their own operational income from provision of efficient services and setting the price for their services appropriately.
posted by: Marianne09.02.2009
Let me try out this blog to network in East Africa :-):
Can anyone help me with contacts from LED practitioners in East Africa? In order to grow the LEDNA community, we would like to mobilize people all over Africa and engage persons as social networkers and online facilitators in our LEDNA discussions. For this, I specifically would like to engage with people from East Africa. I would like to contact them and ask them to become a blogger on LEDNA. Maybe you can help me out with some contacts of people you know in Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda?
posted by: Gwen-Swinburn29.01.2009
Local Economic Developmenti Network of Africa Members from Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Poland, England and Madagascar have just benefited from listening to a one hour discussion on value chains courtesy of USAID. For those that missed the webinar, we will be uploading the link to the recording in the next week. If you want to know directly to your email, when resources are added to the LEDNA knowledge hub we now have our notification service going.
One of LEDNA’s key objectives is to link its members, initially virtually, and step-wise face-to-face so they can exchange ideas and resources on a peer to peer basis. When Members join, they are invited to type in key words - what skills they offer and what skills/knowledge they are looking for. Current Members can see it here: Member listing.
2009 brings with it many challenges as well as opportunities for our LEDNA family. Local Economic Development practitioners will need to be more resourceful than ever; and by using our knowledge hub and social network all members will have additional resources to draw upon. To support members in 2009 LEDNA will bring with it some more new initiatives. After a ‘soft launch’ in October we are now consolidating and undertaking a membership drive.
posted by: Pierre-Poussard26.01.2009
Dear all, We are collecting and tagging French language LED resources. We are trying to get as many documents as possible, especially African experiences. Please send us links to resources or on the blog (leave a comment with links) or contact the LEDNA team. For the team, Pierre Poussard Thanks in advance!
posted by: Petra-Penninkhoff23.01.2009
Members and Friends, I am doing some work for UNCDF and LEDNA on local economic development in Mozambique. If you have any links or reports (in Portuguese or English) that may contribute to our knowledge can you please share with me. The report will be published on this site late spring. I am especially keen to learn of any local economic development strategies, regional strategies and local government involvement in both local economic development strategies and projects. Information on LED interventions in Maouto Province and the City of Maputo are particularly welcome.