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.
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: ledna-team24.08.2009
A two-day workshop on the establishment of an LED national programme in Zambia and Botswana was held from 20 to 21 August 2009 at the United Cities and Local Government of Africa (UCLGA)'s offices in Pretoria. Organised jointly by UCLGA and LEDNA, the workshop was attended by representatives of the Local Government Association of Zambia, the Botswana Association of Local Authorities and the South African Local Government Association.
posted by: hayford07.08.2009
Since the discovery that malaria was caused by a mosquito 100 years ago, two schools soon emerged as how to deal with this disease. One school promoted the elimination of the mosquito, the other treated symptoms of malaria. The debate over which is the best method continues to this day.
posted by: Sonja-Ende01.08.2009
In a nutshell LED is defined as joint actions of the local public and private sector in order to make use of local resources and turn them into a competitive advantage. This very brief definition captures the essence of LED that local people use local resources for local economic development. The provocative question would then be: What do we need funding for?
posted by: Sonja-Ende09.07.2009
We are happy to announce that from June 2009 onwards LEDNA is going to be supported by our newly recruited online facilitator Serge and our LED expert Sonja!
posted by: Sonja-Ende29.06.2009
Dear LED community!
Advocacy is often defined as "influencing the way that somebody else thinks about an issue". In Local Economic Development we are often faced with the challenge that we want to get buy-in from various stakeholders; that we want to convince decision-makers to support LED processes; that we want the public sector, the private sector and civil society to work jointly together and that we want to change the way people think about their own role in LED. Many of you will agree that advocacy for LED is not an easy task.
posted by: hayford07.06.2009
On July 16, 1969 Commander Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon. At that time he made the statement "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"
On May 25, 1961 President John F. Kennedy of United States announced his support for the Apollo program with the goal of landing men on the moon by the end of 1969. This objective was met with 6 months to spare.