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Title:Towards pro-poor local economic development: the case for sectoral targeting in South Africa
Author:Rogerson, Christian M.ISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:economic development
urban poverty
urban agriculture
clothing industry
Abstract:This paper represents an initial exercise in conceptualizing an alternative approach towards the making of a pro-poor approach towards local economic development (LED) in the developing world, using South Africa as an example. The analysis takes as its starting point the validity of selective sectoral targeting, which was a foundation for Johannesburg's 30-year economic development plan issued in 2001. It is argued that the methodology used to define target sectors based on indicators of relative attractiveness in terms of growth and of competitiveness can be modified suitably to identify a set of target sectors in terms of indicators of poverty alleviation. The examples of urban agriculture, the inner-city clothing economy, and urban tourism are used to highlight potential sectors in which selective LED support interventions could attain a maximal impact for poverty reduction, particularly for some of the most vulnerable groups in Johannesburg. Accordingly, the key argument proposed in this analysis is that the approach of sectoral targeting can be deployed usefully to support the crystallization of pro-poor urban LED interventions. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]