The evolution of economic development in South Africa - the case of Stutterheim and social capital.

Nel, Etienne L and McQuaid, Ronald W (2002) The evolution of economic development in South Africa - the case of Stutterheim and social capital. Economic Development Quarterly, 16 (1). pp. 60-74. ISSN 0891-2424

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Local economic development and promoting racial reconciliation have been key foci in addressing the legacy of apartheid in South Africa. This article examines what is arguably the most well-established example of local economic development in South Africa, namely a local government and community-led development initiative in the small rural town of Stutterheim. As the project has evolved over a decade, it has changed its development focus to reflect the changing context and various internal constraints. The study reveals that even though the project has had difficulties, its sheer survival and ability to adapt in a rapidly changing society have been important. More general lessons include the significance of key social entrepreneurs and the development of social and human capital in concert with physical and business infrastructure.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0891-2424
Electronic ISSN: 1552-3543
Uncontrolled Keywords: Local development; South Africa; racial reconciliation; community led initiative; apartheid; Stutterheim; social entrepreneurs; social capital;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 331 Labor economics
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Item ID: 4399
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 04 May 2011 12:57
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2014 13:52

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