Learning,Monitoring & Research Facility
The KwaZulu Natal Local Economic Development (LED) programme of the provincial Department of Economic Development (DED) has always been committed to the improvement of the economic future of the people. This refers to creating an enabling environment to improve the quality of life for all people in the province through the formulation and the coordination of inclusive LED strategies. The overall strategies include optimising the institutional and regulatory arrangements (including deregulation), attracting investments, promoting small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMME), enhancing black economic empowerment, and creating employment opportunities.
The establishment of a Learning, Monitoring and Research Facility (LMRF) is a further step in this process. This essential intervention aims to enable the DED as well as other players in the LED field to assess and evaluate the impact and sustainability of their Local Economic Development interventions in KwaZulu–Natal Province.
Certain key macro-economic factors have such a bearing on the Local Economic Development and thus facility (LMRF) as well that it is but imperative highlight them, these are:
- HIV/AIDS and TB
- Equitable economic development
- Black Economic Empowerment
- Capacity in particular - resources
The LMRF programme, funded by the European Union, is currently in its inception stage. The programme was contracted to a consortium led by the Amsterdam based Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), and including Rural Urban Integration Consultants CC and the Centre for Development Support from the Free State University, as consortium members. Operations, based on the inception report, will commence in September 2006 and run till May 2009. The main dimensions entail:
- The examination of the performance of DED (and other) initiated or driven LED interventions - MONITORING AND IMPACT EVALUATION
- An enquiry into the effectiveness LED programme and its sustainability. As this facility unfolds, it will not only attend to matters of improving the quality of life of the people but also the extent to which the problems of market failures, and human and institutional capacity limitations have been addressed - ACTION RESEARCH
- Lessons to be learnt with regard to what works, what well, what did not go so well and therefore what to apply in future as best practices - LEARNING AND CAPACITY BUILDING. The third dimension will among other things involve a perpetually increasing and continually improving process of identification, documentation and dissemination of best practices in to be shared among all the people in South Africa.
The LMRF will initially operate closely with the DED, but the aim is the establishment of an independent entity, accountable to its own governing body, that will comprise representatives from the public sector (at different levels), business communities (both formal and informal), as well as academic and other interest groups.
The LMRF Team
The Learning, Monitoring and Research Facility office has been established.
Visit the Learnng,Monitoring & Research Facility website