Civil society organisations have a big role to play in LED, both in terms of strategy development as well as implementation, if properly involved in the process.
Civil Society Organisations also implement economic development projects and programmes, which together with the efforts of government and private sector actors, can have significant impacts on employment creation and income generation in a locality. Such programmes include livelihoods, income generation, microfinance, skills development, infrastructure improvement and other interventions, which if implemented in a complementary way with others can generate great benefits.
In many African countries, Civil Society Organisations often lack the capacity and resources needed to meaningfully engage in LED. With support from donors and government, and an LED strategising process that includes training and capacity building, Civil Society Organisations have been able to make valuable contributions.